Ask any wine professional/sommelier/wine critic what country is really hot now in terms of exciting wines and invariably the answer will be Spain. Spain is on fire at the moment not only are the old favourites like Rioja and Ribera del Duero making the best wines in their history there is a plethora of lesser known regions producing wines of astonishingly good quality at sensible prices.
One thing you can be sure of though is that no other country is producing such a wide range of vibrant fruit-forward wines so well suited to summer-sipping.
Regions like Rías Baixas, Rueda, and Yecla are not yet that well-known internationally so winemakers here are really striving to put their wines on the map so to speak. Rías Baixas is probably most familiar, largely due to it being the home of the super trendy Albariño grape. Albariño is easily the most fashionable white wine coming out of Spain; a crisp, fruit-rich dry white that’s both a fantastic aperitif and a great food wine.
From Galicia’s Rías Baixas region and with grapes picked from vineyards within sight of the cooling Atlantic Ocean, Contrapunto is a true classic Albariño, citrus and floral aromas, with a touch of stone fruit. Its mouth-filling fruity character is perfectly balanced with the vibrant zingy acidity. It’s easy to see why Albariño is now one of Ireland’s favourite grape varieties.
If one region could challenge Rías Baixas as the home Spain’s best white wines it could only be Rueda. From here Monasterio de Palazeulos is very much like a good, grassy Sauvignon Blanc, this delicious Spanish white, made from the Verdejo grape, makes a good pairing with fish & shellfish due to its clean crisp profile.
Like all the best Spanish rosés, Naranjas Azules is made from the Garnacha grape variety. A beautiful pale pink in colour it is wonderfully crisp and dry, this make it a super-versatile food-matching wine, great with everything from summer salads to sizzling grilled prawns straight from the BBQ
La Purisima is a 100% Monastrell grown on old-vines at estate vineyards located in Yecla, Southeast Spain where the climate is continental verging on to arid, moderated by the proximity of the Mediterranean. Three months ageing in oak perfectly complements the beautiful dark-fruited character of this wine making this a great BBQ red.