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Agrícola de Cadalso Garnacha 2015 (2 bottles)
Indígena Negre 2017 (2 bottles)
Unsi Terrazas Tinto 2016 (2 bottles)
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Young red. Cooperativa Agrícola de Cadalso Vinos de Madrid, Spain Grenache
Bottle: £6.98 club members / £8.00 non-members
But, in fact, this Grenache from the Cooperativa Agrícola de Cadalso is clear proof that cooperatives can produce top quality wines. It is a single-variety wine from the heights of the Sierra de Gredos mountains offering not just the character of Madrid wines, but also the unmistakable profile of Grenache wines. And all this at a very affordable price.
A pale red wine with an intense mineral character, its aromas of red fruits of the forest mix with notes of scrubland in the nose. It has mature tannins and is easy to drink, with a taste embellished by aromas of plums and charcoal giving it a delicate and personal character. The finished wine retains a slight sparkling trace from its fermentation which, alongside its wild acidity, means that even though it has an alcohol content of 14%, it is by no means an aggressive drink. The aromas of its crispy fruit remain intact thanks, in part, to the vinification carried out in concrete tanks. A cool sensation of stones and dust wrap around the fruit providing elegance, and adding complexity and a degree of nobleness to this small but great Madrid wine.
Meats cooked on hot stone / hare / Parmesan cheese
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Young red Crianza. Parés Baltà Penedès, Spain Grenache
Bottle: £8.04 club members / £9.22 non-members
It is made with fruit from 14-year-old vines planted in loam and chalk soils 616 metres up in the Serra d'Ancosa hills. This poor mountain soil can be imagined in every sip, as can the intense sun this corner of Penedès enjoys. A juicy but fresh wine — very fresh, in fact. Its untamed acidity promises it can age exceptionally well, but also means we can enjoy this wine straight away, especially with the ideal food pairing. Perfect companions include any kind of meat, or even oily fish, with a good amount of protein and fat. The Indígena Negre is juicy and broad in the mouth; smooth with an extremely long finish. Subtle hints of toast from its short time spent in wood together with its roundness from the same ageing process produce a well-balanced honest and spiced wine with a good structure. Its dry finish reminds the drinker of grape skin and round off an unconventionally complex mouthfeel.
Roasted pork / vegetable rice dishes / meats with red berry fruit sauces
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Young red Crianza. Unsi Wines Navarre, Spain Grenache
Bottle: £9.50 club members / £10.90 non-members
Old vines thrive on terraces at different altitudes and with a variety of soils such as slate-based soil, chalky-clay, and others, to offer us a wine with a unique personality. We could almost describe the Unsi Terrazas Tinto as a Navarrese Grenache from the New World — if such a wine were possible. It blends the best of fresh fruit from mountain vineyards in northern Spain with the warmth and pleasantness of its wood which gives it a certain New World touch. This wine exudes aromas of vanilla and strawberries, brambles and violets, alongside a hint of scrubland which evokes memories of the woodlands surrounding the vines. It is juicy, fresh, and full-bodied in the mouth; an exceptionally rounded wine with a sweet hint thanks, in part, to its time spent ageing in wood, and, in part, to the character of the Grenache.
Roast suckling pig / grilled rabbit / cured cheeses
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