July 2018 Selection

Fresh air for the summer

July 2018 Selection

Do Ferreiro 2017 (2 bottles)
Vive La Vida 2016 (2 bottles)
Corral del Obispo 2015 (2 bottles)

Normal retail price: £74.31
Club Discount Price: £62.93
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Summer brings with it an inevitable rise in temperatures on the Mediterranean coast. The good weather and sun, so appreciated by many Europeans looking forward to a summer break, can become overpowering in some parts of southern Europe where people change their lifestyles dramatically, digging out lighter clothes and moving on to lighter meals and more refreshing drinks. In fact, to have a rest from the long-lasting intense summer heat, many families from southern Europe decide to take holidays in cooler areas. In Spain, many people from other parts of the country or the rest of the world, holiday in the north-west, enjoying the pleasant milder summers of the triangle made up of the regions of Galicia, Asturias, and the north of Castile and Leon. Here we can find wines well worth discovering, which you'll enjoy wherever you spend the summer.

This month we will present wines from three of the regions in this area: from the Rias Baixas, in Galicia; Cangas, in Asturias; and Bierzo, in the region of Castile and Leon. The climate in this part of Spain is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. This, together with the slate, granite, and quartz soils, defines the kind of wines produced in these areas. The apparent fragility of the wines, and their occasionally airy character make these wines a perfect contrast to the scorching heat found in other parts of Spain during the summer holidays. The Albariño, Albarin Negro, and Mencia grapes used for making the Do Ferreiro, Vive la Vida and Corral del Obispo wines take us back to their origins, without having to travel anywhere. The salty taste of the Do Ferreiro brings us close to the sea; the elegant hardiness of the Vive la Vida reminds us of the steep slopes of the mountain-side vineyards; while the complexity of the Corral del Obispo evokes the soils of Valtuille, home to its old Mencia vines. If you have never visited these excellent wine-producing areas in spectacular landscapes, try and find a moment to do so — you won't regret it!

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Do Ferreiro 2017 (2 bottles)

Young white. Gerardo Méndez Rías Baixas, Spain Alvarinho

Bottle: £10.51 club members / £12.51 non-members

Do Ferreiro is an emblematic white wine from one of the most well-renowned wineries in the Rías Baixas area and the whole of Galicia. The vines, between ten and fifty years old, used for this wine, are rooted in diverse soil types in the Val do Salnés area — mainly granitic sands and red slate. The grapes were harvested at the right time in five days and fermentation was started using the prestigious, but scarce, Cepas Vellas wine from the Gerardo Méndez winery.

Do Ferreiro has a straw colour in the glass and seductive aromas of fine salt and granite dust on the nose. Notes of lemons and limes stand out above a background of peach which smoothes its acidity. On the palate, it has a good volume, slightly oily, thanks to the work with the lees which adds a little fat to the wine, while respecting the fruit. This wine also preserves the tension of the harvested grapes and has evokes memories of the Atlantic Ocean. Nuances of acidic loquats, fresh grass, and small white flowers garnish a deliciously bitter finish.

A classic Albariño wine with everything as it should be and nothing in excess, this wine combines the best of traditional wine-making with the freshness and definition of contemporary wines.

Anchovies / white fish

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Straw yellow / golden glints
    • Bouquet
      Lime / lemon / fresh / fresh herb / white flowers
    • Palate
      Balanced / rounded / pleasantly textured / refreshing / well-integrated acidity / refined
  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 6ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2022.

Do Ferreiro 2017
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Vive La Vida 2016 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodega Vidas Cangas, Spain Albarín Negro, Mencia, Carrasquín, Verdejo Negro

Bottle: £14.51 club members / £17.07 non-members

Only about 1000 bottles of this impressive wine made from indigenous grape varieties are produced every year. Its fruit is grown in vineyards on vertiginously steep terraces, similar to those in the Ribeira Sacra area or the Priorat. Amongst other difficulties, this means no machinery can be used in the vineyards and this has led to grape-growing in these locations being classified as heroic viticulture.

The Vive La Vida wine spends 10 months in barrels, and emerges with a nose with lactic and smoky tones, and aromas of red fruits and shrub. A curious sweet note may even remind us of cola drinks. The subtly used wood strengthens an apparently fragile structure with elegant tannins. Every sip lets us see the similarities with the best wines from Bierzo or the Ribeira Sacra: with aromas of juicy and crisp wild strawberries, dark plum skins, bay leaves, and even slate. The acidity of blackcurrants gives the wine a great future, with just the right amount of tannins to make it almost addictive. Juicy and crispy, this is a fine drink with a long finish, whose hints of spices and herbs make it a very gastronomic wine.

Veal ragout / braised vegetables

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2022.

Vive La Vida 2016
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Corral del Obispo 2015 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Viñedos Singulares Bierzo, Spain Mencia

Bottle: £6.45 club members / £7.58 non-members

The Corral del Obispo was first produced some years ago, as a fresh and fruity wine, exceptionally easy to drink. But something special in that first vintage left a clue that one day this wine would become one of the great wines. With its old Mencia vines growing in the vineyards of Valtuille, under the influence of the Atlantic, it was clear that this wine would become a dark, juicy, and solemn one. Without losing its joyful character, the Corral del Obispo has gained in complexity and seriousness over the years. It bears the same label as before and its light-hearted appearance may confuse you a little, but one sip is enough to realize what kind of wine we have here.

It has a picota cherry colour, without being too opaque, and red rims which promise a fruity wine. Aromas of violets, blackberries, and liquorice dominate on the nose, while its palate is juicy and wide with a wonderful balance between maturity and tannins. A sweet but bitter drink; juicy but serious. The six months it spends in 5000-litre foudres is just right to give the wine its structure but without affecting its fruity expression. Hints of ash, roots, and blackcurrants are also there in the background. This wine has a great future and a character strong enough for it to make an excellent companion for rich substantial meals.

Peppercorn steak / meats with red berry fruit sauces

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 14ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2020.

Corral del Obispo 2015
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