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Atrepat Negre 2018 (2 bottles)
Treinta Mil Maravedíes 2016 (2 bottles)
Finca Sandoval El Fundamentalista 2015 (2 bottles)
Normal retail price: £54.53
Club Discount Price: £47.87
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Winemakers in the Conca de Barberà know full well that no other variety could make such authentic wines as the local Trepat. It is the key to the fine, spicy and elegant wines the Conca is known for. In a similar way, wine expert Víctor de la Serna makes good use of the traditional Bobal and Monastrell (or Mourvèdre) grapes in the Levante to show all the strength and pleasantness the Mediterranean can offer when it meets a continental climate. Our third wine is another piece of magic — a Grenache from San Martín de Valdeiglesias adorned with other local varieties in yet another example of how Madrid and Grenache are almost one and the same.
Atrepat, Fundamentalista, and Maravedíes; three wines with very different appearances and style but which share a common harmony coming from the natural pairing of the intense energy of the land and the unique character of each grape variety. Fruit and soil come together to form unforgettable partnerships.
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Young red. Celler Molí dels Capellans Conca de Barberà, Spain Trepat
Bottle: £6.79 club members / £7.73 non-members
Cherry-coloured with glints of ruby red and a medium intensity, it combines delicate aromas of herbs and spices alongside cherries and blackberries on the nose. A little later, hints of dust and liquorice appear and an elegant note of violets in the background. It has a fresh and spongy mouth, with a reasonable level of acidity and controlled tannins — making it a fruit-forward wine rather than a sweet or characterless one. Bitter, spicy and juicy, the freshness of forests and the spongy feeling of strawberry sweets blend together in the mouth, with the odd hint of minerals.
It is a gentle and juicy wine, easy to interpret but with enough body to be suited to many moments or food pairings. It should be served cool (at 14º or even 12ºC) to bring out its liveliness.
The two harvests carried out for the wine's production (an early harvest to conserve the fruit's acidity, and a later one to gain intensity) and the double vinification (carbonic maceration as well as the more usual process) are the key to combining the best of each option. This careful process together with the fact that they use grapes from old vines, planted at altitude in chalky-clay soil and cultivated following organic farming guidelines, makes it easy to understand how you can be trapped by the Atrepat.
Tapas / Iberian sausages / roast potatoes
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Red Crianza. Bodega Marañones Vinos de Madrid, Spain Grenache, Morenillo
Bottle: £9.19 club members / £10.47 non-members
To achieve these sensations, Grenache is mixed with smaller quantities of other local grapes such as the Morenillo variety (an increasingly popular wine in the D.O. Terra Alta appellation but barely used in Madrid wines), to make a wine full of typicity but with its own character. A beautiful translucent ruby red colour gives an indication of the subtlety and freshness the wine will delight us with. Aromas of blackcurrants and raspberries, strawberries and cream, and bay leaves and mandarin peel delight us with the essence of a top Grenache. Bitter stony hints transport us to San Martín de Valdeiglesias and its wines, and combine with the thrilling acidity of local varieties to delight the palate with liveliness and expression. An energetic wine with a long life ahead of it, yet notably accessible.
Taut but not aggressive, this is a special wine with its own personality and a lot to explain with every sip. Minerality, length, flowers and fruit are its identifying traits.
Grilled tuna / roasted poultry / smoked sausages
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Red Crianza. Finca Sandoval Manchuela, Spain Mourvèdre, Bobal
Bottle: £7.95 club members / £9.06 non-members
A Fundamentalista wine was first commercialized in 2008 but only among Victor's friends. It came about thanks to him tasting an old forgotten barrel of Syrah and discovering a wine which fascinated him and the few other people who were able to try it when he decided to bottle it. A few years later, in 2014, Victor decided to re-invent this success using Syrah again but this time combined with Bobal and Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grapes to give character to this intensely Mediterranean wine — an equally fresh, complex, and accessible wine. Monastrell vines planted at 800 metres of altitude over ten years ago in La Manchuela blend with bunches of Bobal grapes, a touch of old wood and the minimum use of sulphites.
A ripe nose of cherries, violets, and strawberry jam lead to a complexity hard to believe in a wine which has hardly seen wood. The Fundamentalista doesn't need special tricks. Fresh but with ripe fruit in the mouth, accompanied by hints of greenery and a refreshing acidity. A spectacular demonstration that it is possible to create great wines without overdoing wood and that the best wines can always age with elegance. Tantalizing and silky, but lively too thanks to the tension that maintains its excellence and the earthy backbone of the clay soils. Honest fruit freely fermented with wild yeasts and respected throughout the 15 months it spends in used 300-litre barrels. Aromas of cloves, vanilla, and wild fruits mix with scrubland to give a lightly toasted finish, brimming with fruit.
Meat rice dishes / grilled meat / Iberian pork
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