January 2011 Selection

Singular Vineyards

January 2011 Selection

Afortunado 2010 (1 bottles)
Luna Creciente Albariño 2009 (1 bottles)
Corral del Obispo 2009 (2 bottles)
Jardín Rojo 2009 (2 bottles)

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Afortunado 2010 (1 bottles)

Young white. Viñedos Singulares Rueda, Spain Verdejo

Bottle: £4.81 club members / £5.35 non-members


We begin our selection from Viñedos Singulares with Afortunado, a Verdejo single varietal wine, produced from century-old vines that have an exceptionally concentrated, fresh character due to the high altitude location of the vineyard parcels chosen: they lie in certain municipalities of Segovia, in Moraleja de Coca, Santiuste, Nava de la Asunción, Codorniz and Aldeanueva del Codonal. According to the producers, this elevated position in Segovia (all the parcels lie in the highest area of the Denomination of Rueda at about 900 metres) is the reason why the varietal is able to attain such a fresh character, in contrast to other Verdejos that bring out overly tropical or oily notes, as can happen in the lower-lying areas of Valladolid in particular.

On first impact, Afortunado 2010 reveals a fruity nose highlighting bananas and pineapple; after swirling the glass, aromas come through of newly-cut grass blending nicely with subtly-sweet hints of passion fruit. There is a slightly bitter touch on the palate too, to give good contrast, and a lovely, fresh-fruit feel on the finish.

Fortunate indeed are those who get to taste it!

Produced using grapes from vineyards over 50 years old.

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 6ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2011.

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Luna Creciente Albariño 2009 (1 bottles)

Young white. Viñedos Singulares Rías Baixas, Spain Alvarinho

Bottle: £6.47 club members / £7.19 non-members

  • Alcohol content: 12,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 6ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2011.

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Corral del Obispo 2009 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Viñedos Singulares Bierzo, Spain Mencia

Bottle: £5.95 club members / £6.53 non-members


Corral del Obispo consists of just 25,000 sublime bottles of Mencía variety wine originating from vineyards aged between 60 to 90 years old, planted with bush vines in the municipality of Valtuille in Bierzo. The Atlantic influence helps to create a tasty, powerful wine that is simply outstanding. It undergoes fermentation in a combination of wood and stainless steel, and ages for a few months in barrel to make it more rounded and flavoursome.

Corral del Obispo is a fine, delicate wine, brimming with blackberries and violets. On the palate it is fresh, rounded, fruit-forward, full of flavour and very juicy; black forest fruits (liquorice), with a touch of game.

What is so good about Corral? It is absolutely delicious and very drinkable.

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2012.

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Jardín Rojo 2009 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Viñedos Singulares Rioja, Spain Tempranillo

Bottle: £5.66 club members / £6.29 non-members


Jardín Rojo is the most recent wine project undertaken by Viñedos Singulares at this present time. It comprises a selection of Tempranillo vines in the municipality of Laguardia, in Rioja Alavesa, where clay and calcareous soils are regularly found at altitudes of 600 metres. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and ageing is carried out for several months in French oak vats.

Jardín Rojo follows the concept of wine based on a modern-type, short ageing process, which brings out strong, concentrated aromas of violets and cherries that recall the typical smells associated with carbonic maceration. On the palate it has a good deal of freshness and a dilute texture that conjures up wines produced from Garnacha grapes; it is decidedly juicy and fleshy. There is absolutely no doubt that we have here a first-class wine, with plenty of structure considering such a short time spent in barrel.

For red fruit expression at its best, try Jardín.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 15ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2012.

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