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Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial 2013 (1x 75cl)

Produced from a selection of the best grapes from Abadia Retuerta's vineyards, this deep coloured, complex red combines the richness of Tempranillo, the elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon and the strength of Syrah. The nose is fresh and vibrant, full of ripe black and red fruits combined with lingering notes of balsamic, liquorice and sweet oak wood. The full bodied, creamy palate is structured by smooth tannins, juicy ripe fruits and a hint of cedar. 2011 was one of Abadía Retuerta's best ever vintages, delivering a style of wine that can be drunk with pleasure right now or left to develop further complexities over the next few years.
£22.07

Altos de Corral, Rioja, Bodegas Corral 2009 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of Premium Rioja (see blue link below).

Altos de Corral, Rioja, Bodegas Corral 2009 - March 2017 Decanter review

Made from 100% Tempranillo from a superb 10-hectare vineyard on a prominent hillside, at an altitude of 600 metres, overlooking Navarrete in the Rioja Alta. The soil in this vineyard is extremely poor and rocky and yields are 30% below the average for Rioja, resulting in wines of great concentration and richness.

Harvest and selection is carried out by hand. Aged for 24 months in French oak casks.

Intense red cherry in colour. Complex, dominant flavour of red berries, well-assembled with soft notes of vanilla and new fine oak barrel. Soft tannins, full-bodied and a lingering finish.

£30.64

Beronia Rioja Reserva 2011 (1x 75cl)

The 2011 vintage was classified as excellent by the Rioja Regulatory Council.

The wine is produced following a selection of the best grapes from the oldest vineyards. The grapes undergo prefermentative maceration followed by a slow and controlled fermentation with periodic pumping over to extract colour and aromas.  Following this the wine is aged in mixed oak barrels of American Staves and French tops for 20 months to allow a paused and harmonic evolution.  The American oak gives a sweet character of vanilla and coconut while the French oak gives spice, making for the perfect balance.  This Reserva was bottled in November 2013 and was aged in bottle for 18 months before being released to the market. 

Beronia Reserva 2011 shows an intense cherry red colour.  On the nose, attractive aromas of candied fruits and plum conserve are in perfect harmony with sweet chocolate. On the palate this wine proves itself as being of great character with elegant tannins which give the wine both structure and body. It has a long finish.

This wine is perfect to serve with red meats, game and roasts.  It is recommended that you drink this wine before 2024.

£14.10

Beronia Rioja Crianza 2013 (1 x 75cl)

The grapes for this wine were collected at the beginning of October. Following harvest the grapes underwent cold maceration for a few days in order to extract aromas and colour however not tannins. Alcoholic fermentation took place at low temperature of less than 26ºC with periodic pumping over. The wine was then aged in mixed oak barrels of American staves and French tops for 12 months giving both vanilla notes from the American oak and spice from the French oak. The wine was bottled in January 2016 and remained in bottle for 3 months before being released to the market.

This Beronia Crianza shows an intense cherry colour. Attractive nose with red fruits and floral aromas in perfect harmony with mineral and cocoa notes. A balanced and sweet palate with the fruit and liquorice standing out over a base of chocolate and coffee.  Persistant and well structured.

This wine is made using the following grapes: 82% Tempranillo, 14% Garnacha and 4% Mazuelo.  

£11.08

Beronia Rioja Crianza Magnum 2011 (1x 1.5L)

This Beronia Crianza shows an intense cherry colour. Attractive nose with red fruits and floral aromas in perfect harmony with mineral and cocoa notes. A balanced and sweet palate with the fruit standing out over a base of chocolate and coffee from the time spent in American oak.

£27.20

Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2009 (1x75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of Premium Rioja (see blue link below).

Beronia Gran Reserva 2008 - March 2017 Decanter review

The 2008 harvest was classified by the Rioja Regulatory Council as 'Very Good' as it showed extremely high quality which allowed for the production of exceptional wines (including this one!).

For the production of this Gran Reserva, the best grapes from the oldest vineyards were hand-harvested. Following the harvest, the best bunches were selected in the winery. The grapes then underwent a slow and controlled alcoholic fermentation with periodic pumping over to extract colour and aromas.  Following this, the wine remained in French oak barrels for 26 months.  

Beronia Gran Reserva 2008 shows a powerful and deep maroon colour. On the nose, it is intense and complex with dried fruits (such as dates) standing out over a base of chocolate and sweet spice from the French oak. On the palate this wine is silky and meaty with pleasant tannins, giving structure and complexity.  This wine shows great personality with body, elegance and intense flavours.

This Gran Reserva is best when decanted before serving due to the long time it has spent ageing in the bottle.  It is ideal when served with red meats, game, mature cheeses and also with chocolate desserts.  Drink it now or you can keep this wine until 2024 before opening it.

£19.80

Beronia Tempranillo Special Production Rioja 2014 (1 x 75cl)

This unique wine undergoes double fermentation, both alcoholic and malolactic, in American oak barrels. The wine remains for a total of 9 months in the same barrels with periodic batonage. Bottled in March 2015 the wine will continue ageing for a minimum of 6 months before being released to the market.

Intense and deep cherry colour with high intensity. An unusual nose with red fruits and notes of chocolate, cocoa, liquorice and cinnamon from the American oak. Shows a harmonious palate with the cherry dominating. Well integrated oak after 9 months in barrel. Round and fresh, ideal for those looking for something different.

Perfect with smoked meats or fish, patés and cured meats. Recomended consumption over the next 5 years.

£11.95

Bodegas Benito Urbina Gran Reserva 1996 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of premium Riojas (see blue link below).

Bodegas Benito Urbina Gran Reserva 1996 - March 2017 Decanter review

Bodegas Urbina is a winery which has been in the Urbina family for four generations since 1870. The present winery was designed, built and run by the family in 1986 and was created to facilitate producing fine wines.  Urbina has 75 hectares of vineyards located at two main vineyard sites - the first is at Cuzcurrita de Rio Turon, a well-known area for producing Riojas capable of ageing for many years and the others are at Uruñuela, in the heart of the Rioja DOC, which consistently produces wines of great quality and body. The grapes used are from vines aged over 20 years old. The vines are grown in accordance with traditional practices, no herbicides and limited use of pesticides and fungicides. 

The Urbina Gran Reserva is harvested by hand and the skins remain in contact with the must for 28 days.  It is then fermented at a temperature of 28°C using indigenous yeast.  The wine is matured for 24 months in American oak before being bottled and matured for another 48 months before being released for sale.

The Urbina Gran Reserva 1996 has a splendid ripe, complex nose, is reddish-garnet in colour with harmonious and well-balanced oak and fruit tannins.  It also displays intense rich fruit, great finesse and velvet smoothness on the palate.  It goes perfectly with slow roasted lamb shoulder or with game - particularly duck and pheasant.

£21.72

Bodegas Lan Gran Reserva 2007 (1x 75cl)

Garnet with ruby hues. Aromas of ripe red fruits combine with dried fruits and spicy vanilla, cinnamon and liquorice root from extended oak ageing, and leather and cigar box aromas from prolonged bottle ageing. Full bodied and round, it is elegant, balanced and superbly layered on the palate.

£19.85

Bodegas Lan Reserva 2010 (1x 75cl)

A blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo & 10% Garnacha make up this Reserva. The wine spends a minimum of 12 months in French and American oak and a further 24 months in bottle before release. Ripe cherries and Vanilla are in abundance in this wine.

£14.60

Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2012 (1x 75cl)

Made from 100% Tempranillo, this Crianza has spent 12 months in French and American oak and some time in bottle prior to release. Cherry characters and violets are the primary flavours.

£10.92

Bodegas Marques De Caceres Reserva 2005 (1x 75cl)

The Reserva is characterised by its balance and elegance, combined with an intense bouquet of cherries and raspberries that mingle with a delicate touch of spice and thyme. Pleasant and fresh in the mouth, the wine is full of blackcurrant and blackberry flavours with a backbone of balanced tannins. This wine was aged in French oak barrels for 22 months.

£17.22

Bodegas Marques De Caceres Reserva 2009 (1x 75cl)

The grapes are selected from vineyards that are well exposed to the sun, with a considerable portion of older vines that produce lower yields, resulting in greater concentration.

Blessed by the superb 2009 harvest, this wine has a dark, dense colour.  Intense, complex bouquet that confirms its ageing in quality oak: powerful aromas of blackberries and blackcurrants with a depth of toasted notes that blend with very fine oak.  Pleasantly full on tasting with concentrated flavours.  Clearly a wine of character and structure but with a nice, fleshy texture. Classy and elegant with good potential for ageing.

Just like their Gran Reserva wines, the Reserva is only produced from vintages classed as excellent or very good.  The Reserva is matured for 20 months in oak barrels from Central France and is then aged for 18 - 24 months in bottle.

This is a splendid wine to marry with fish dishes such as tuna or it also goes well with charcuterie, beef, game and blue cheese.

£17.34

Bodegas Protos Crianza 2012 (1x 75cl)

The guiding philosophy of Protos is "Quality above all". For this reason, the whole process leading to the production of their wine undergoes an in-depth analysis. The vineyards are controlled exhaustively by both technicians and experts throughout the growth cycle, yielding a production of the highest quality. This also gives them in-depth information about all the grapes to be used before they reach the winery.

Harvesting is 100% manual. For several years, half of the production has been gathered in 20-kilo boxes; the grapes are then spread over sorting tables. This allows them to guarantee that only completely healthy, whole grapes reach the fermentation tanks.

This wine spent 14 months in French (⅔) and American (⅓) oak barrels before maturing in bottle for a further 12 months.

The Protos Crianza has a bright and intense cherry colour with a garnet rim.  On the nose there are red fruit aromas which are powerful yet elegant, with a dry minerality as well as some cocoa bean, creamy oak and hints of spices. The flavour is rich and powerful, fruity with good acidity, a smoky aftertaste and a long toasty finish.

This wine is a good match for grilled red meat, cured meat, game birds, small game, light stews and mild cheese.

£18.24

Bodegas Protos Gran Reserva 2004 (1x 75cl)

The guiding philosophy of Protos is "Quality above all". For this reason, the whole process leading to the production of their wine undergoes an in-depth analysis. The vineyards are controlled exhaustively by both technicians and experts throughout the growth cycle, yielding a production of the highest quality. This also gives them in-depth information about all the grapes to be used before they reach the winery.

The vines used to make the Gran Reserva are all over 60 years old. This wine is only ever made in excellent vintages. Harvesting is 100% manual. For several years, the production has been gathered in 20-kilo boxes; the grapes are then spread over sorting tables. This allows them to guarantee that only completely healthy, whole grapes reach the fermentation tanks.  The wine then spends 24 months ageing in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels before maturing for a further 36 months in bottle.

The Protos Gran Reseva has a deep cherry colour, which is bright and intense. The nose is very expressive and powerful with complex, elegant, roasted coffee and dark chocolate aromas, as well as candied fruit. On the palate it is fleshy, full-bodied and powerful. It also has creamy, spicy notes and a seductive, lingering finish.

This wine should always be enjoyed with a meal. Our suggestions include roast lamb, roast pork, roast beef, hearty stews, big game and mature cheese such as a full flavoured Cheddar or Stilton.

£43.55
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