We are celebrating Spanish wine week with a great Spanish wine sale and I’m sure that should be pique your interest as here in Ireland we have for a very long time been lovers of Spanish wine.
This is borne out by the numbers, we are Spain’s 20th largest market, and which is an absolutely huge figure given the size of our population.
Of course a great deal of this can be attributed to the popularity of the Tempranillo-based red wines of Rioja, but to say the story stops there would be ignoring the renaissance that has taken place in Spanish winemaking over the past two decades.
Today there is a new generation of Spanish winemakers working with a wide range of grape varieties in a number of regions.
Thanks to the drive and vision of these innovators, what was once, a very traditional wine producing-country is now home to perhaps the vibrant wine scene in Europe.
I have highlighted below a few of these great new wines from Spain which you may not have tried just yet.
Monasterio de Palazeulos, made from the Verdejo grape, is very much like a good, grassy Sauvignon Blanc
La Purisima is made from 100% Monastrell grown on old vines at estate vineyards located in Yecla. Three months ageing in oak perfectly complements the beautiful dark fruited character of this wine.
From the Terra Alta region of Catalonia, Jaspi Blanc has a mineral rich, structured palate that rivals Chablis or Sancerre.
For my next choice I am going with another rich, full-bodied Monastrell-based wine from Yecla, the difference being that Alma de Casa has some Cabernet & Syrah in the blend.
Another white, Inmácula closes out my selection, this wine is wonderfully floral and fruity, with subtle notes of oak with a very long crisp finish.