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Menade V3 Viñas Viejas 2012 (2 bottles)
DoUmia 2013 (2 bottles)
Terra Remota Camino 2012 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £76.78
Club Discount Price: £63.97
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Also for the summer and because not everything goes with white wine, two very easy-drinking reds: a young Atlantic red, most original and with plenty of character, coming from one of the white variety bastions, the Rías Baixas, DoUmia 2013, from Adega Pedralonga, and a refined red, smooth, ideal for keeping those long afternoons and evenings bright and carefree: Camino 2012, from Terra Remota, on the summer-time frequented Empordà coast, which puts us in a holiday mood just hearing its name.
Get your summer menus organised because the wines are ready to pour. Happy holidays and we'll meet up again in September with some new suggestions!
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Barrel Aged white. Bodegas Menade Rueda, Spain Verdejo
Bottle: £12.64 club members / £14.88 non-members
V3 is a white that's very clean and elegant on the nose, and juicy on the palate — a touch sweet too: white flowers (jasmine and acacia), stone fruit (flat Saturn peaches still not fully ripe), aromatic plants (fennel) and a mineral undertone of white stones. If we had to make a painting of it, we'd have silver flourishes indicating its perpetual freshness, a lemony yellow for its tautness and liveliness, and we'd add some touches of green because of its aniseed notes, along with a very light golden background due to that elegance and sweet creaminess on the finish. It's most enjoyable and what's more remains harmonious in the glass, proof of its high quality: rather more aniseed there when first poured and served chilled, then more fruit-forward and fleshy as it warms in the glass, but always direct and polished.
If you're looking for the variety's characteristic bitter finish, you'll find it too, but balanced by its sweetness and basically underpinning the overall structure. As regards the aftertaste, a creamy suggestion of oak takes just a few seconds to appear, with a finishing touch of raw almonds, which seals the canvas and completes the picture.
Fried fish / grilled shellfish / gilthead bream cooked in salt / white fish / eggs / steamed clams / octopus / warm salads / soft full-fat cheeses / ham
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Young red. Adega Pedralonga Rías Baixas, Spain Mencia, Caiño Tinto, Espadeiro
Bottle: £8.19 club members / £10.39 non-members
As a starting point, how many red wines do you know from that bastion of white varieties, the Rías Baixas? DoUmia is a rarity and for this alone it deserves to be known; but then you'll be delighted with everything else.
DoUmia is undoubtedly an Atlantic wine, in every sense and whichever way you look at it, but truly authentic and original. It's an extremely fresh red, with excellent acidity that makes it easily drinkable. A high humidity wine yet, paradoxically and in perfect complement, smoky too; it's dry but sweet, very fruit-driven and also floral, with undertones of dry earth reminiscent of the smell which tubas like potatoes give off straight after being plucked out of the ground in early summer —therefore a definite warmth— but damp earth is also there, with vegetal notes, faded flowers and bay leaves. Its complexity is quite astonishing and most seductive!
DoUmia has a homely, familiar feel about it as well, exuding tradition, and knowing the Alfonso family, it couldn't be any other way. It's an amazing wine, emanating from great sensitivity and good taste, suitable for every type of palate, and with many enthusiasts to be sure. A little work of art from Galicia's wine-producing countryside, a marvel that merits plenty of applause.
Octopus / cod / oily fish / grilled fish / veal carpaccio / beef / braised vegetables / mushrooms / sheep cheese / soft cheeses / cow's-milk cheeses
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Red Crianza. Terra Remota Empordà, Spain Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo
Bottle: £11.16 club members / £13.12 non-members
It's a wine for intimate dinners and peaceful moments, a wine which brightens up the evening after a difficult day, providing lovely, enjoyable company. A good quality wine, discreetly but recognisably so, pleasurable, mature and refreshing too. It's like a pause along the way, enabling everyday life to carry on, ensuring you move forward in a positive frame of mind and feeling better; and that's exactly what's behind this winery which, resolute in its objective to improve with each vintage, has been offering us this wine since its first 2006 vintage. Camino is a blend of Syrah, Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, in which none seems to highlight or be based on its usual characteristics, consequently it's a homogenous ensemble with a Mediterranean profile, fresh, aromatic and refined. It also pays homage to the Spanish poet Antonio Machado, exiled to nearby Collioure, a town that figures very prominently in the history of the family owning this winery.
Camino is a wine made with great sensitivity, a wine that exhibits a complex nose exuding aromas of sweet ripe fruit, and violets, with light menthol touches and a damp undertone of leather; a wine that has an intense palate, packed with jammy flavours, cherries, redcurrants and very ripe plums, notes of undergrowth and damp earth that impart mineral hints and toasty nuances, of biscuits. It's immensely drinkable, with tannins very nicely blended, and a finish that may hint at a bit of bitterness, but isn't convincing and instead lengthens its persistence. To repeat, a wine for intimate meals, peaceful moments, ideal for brightening up a dinner after a difficult day.
NOTE: We recommend letting it breathe for about 30 minutes.
Rice dishes / marinated meats / red meats / roasts / white meats / tartare
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