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Sincronia Negre 2012 (2 bottles)
Roig Parals La Botera 2010 (2 bottles)
Payoya Negra 2010 (2 bottles)
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Young red Crianza. Mesquida Mora Mallorca, Spain Callet, Mantonegro, Syrah, Merlot
Bottle: £7.95 club members / £8.98 non-members
On finding out a bit more about the wine and its history, we learn that its quality is no accident, as was to be expected. Brothers Bàrbara and Jaume belong to the fourth generation of a family dedicated to wine and vineyards, passionate about their wine and everything connected to it, committed to their land and the natural environment. They work in line with biodynamic principles, seeking balance in the ecosystem, protecting and improving biological diversity, in order to express the vineyard’s potential, vigour and authenticity. Their passion and dedication come through in the wine.
Callet and Mantonegro mostly, Syrah and Merlot, are the varieties blended to obtain this wine, a vivid and bright Picota cherry in colour, with juicy aromas of forest fruits, pleasantly sweet, pure and fresh, rounded off with floral and mineral notes, hints of India ink and earthy nuances which even remind us of a Priorat; a red with good structure, backbone and an underlay of new wood (without suggestions of toast or vanilla, just clean new wood) on the palate. A very fruit-forward wine with remarkable persistence.
'Synchrony' means simultaneous occurrence and Sincronía Negre is the magic that brings together fruit, effort and passion in a glass for our pleasure and enjoyment.
Pasta with bolognese sauce / white meats / red meats / roast suckling pig / veal carpaccio
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Young red Crianza. Roig Parals Empordà, Spain Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon
Bottle: £7.12 club members / £8.08 non-members
Roig Parals is a small family-owned winery at Mollet de Peralada, in the Alt Empordà region, set up by Santi Roig and Mariona Parals, with vine-growing in their ancestry, and running a modest and unpretentious operation, virtually unknown until in 2012 Jancis Robinson announced that its Camí de Cormes 2007 was her favourite red from the region. It was unbelievable the amount of interest aroused thanks to her appraisal of that single varietal Cariñena. This is a winery which works exceedingly well, its wines reflect the region’s personality, true for the reds as well as their white and rosé, and their prices are affordable; so a producer worth getting to know in the Empordà.
On the nose, it is the Cariñena which defines the wine’s character, with its fruitiness and refinement. It seems rather shy to begin with but gradually starts releasing its seductive qualities, exhibiting ripe fruit, earthy notes (the parcel contains a lot of flint in the ground), gently balsamic… The nose is sensual, accompanied by fresh peppery hints and smoky nuances, more appropriate to Cabernet. Dissimilar or not, the truth is that these two varietals complement each other perfectly in this fresh and considerably complex wine (bearing in mind the price bracket it sits in).
On the palate, it is a complete wine, with a pleasing entry, ripe fruit (ripe plums and raspberries too), a certain amount of body yet light and easily drinkable. A wine with just six months of barrel-ageing, not overly powerful but juicy, with the wood well-integrated, good backbone and smooth tannins.
Peppered steak / barbecues / roast chicken
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Red Crianza. Finca La Melonera Sierras de Málaga, Spain Grenache, Syrah, Tintilla de Rota
Bottle: £11.85 club members / £12.87 non-members
Behind the recuperation project is none other than the indefatigable Josep Lluís Pérez, the heart and soul of Mas Martinet (Priorat) and adviser for many another initiative; and wine production management lies in the hands of the Perelada Group’s oenology team, with Ana de Castro in charge of the vineyard and winery, and Delfí Sanahuja, winemaker at Castillo de Perelada (Empordà), acting as consultant. Impeccable credentials, a really beautiful location and a wonderful opportunity to come across as yet undiscovered Andalusian reds.
In the glass it appears a dark Picota cherry colour, lively and bright. It is a blend of Garnacha (40%) and Syrah (30%), with the addition of Tintilla de Rota (25%) and another variety, whose name cannot yet be published for various legal and bureaucratic reasons, still not officially accepted.
On the nose, it needs some time but it doesn’t take that long for its elegance and aromatic richness to make an appearance: it smells like a Mediterranean wine, being fresh and warm at the same time, and we find ripe fruit there, spicy notes, sweet touches and creamy aromas, lactic hints such as yogurt which seem to be supplied by that mysterious variety, earthy notes, and an elegant balsamic freshness on swirling. Countryside and Nature there in the glass, and some unusual notes that are none too easy to describe but which transport us away to a meadow where cattle graze, some subtle leathery notes, those lactic hints… Indeed, the addition of certain unknown varieties endow the wine with considerable richness.
On the palate, we can appreciate the Garnacha character, with its freshness and frankness, its direct mouthfeel, but also the juiciness of the Syrah, enriched by that underlying countryside sensation. It is a powerful, juicy wine with a touch of sweetness nicely balanced, polished tannins and a gently liquorice finish which gives it persistence.
NOTE: The ‘payoya negra’ which gives its name to this wine and is depicted on the label is a black goat native to Andalucia, whose milk is used to make Payoya goat’s cheese in the Sierra de Cadiz and the Serranía de Ronda.
Marinated meats / stewed meats with mushrooms / goat's cheese / meats with creamy sauces
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