Here in Ireland we have for a very long time been lovers of Spanish wines - especially Spanish red wines - and this is borne out by the numbers, we are Spain’s 20th largest market, and which is an absolutely huge figure given our small population.
Of course a great deal of this can be attributed to the popularity of the 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.
Luzon Solana (€8.99 down from €12.99) is from Jumilla in Southeast Spain where the climate is continental verging on to arid, moderated by the proximity of the Mediterranean.
It is made from 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) rounded off by a touch of oak resulting in a brilliant, rich, dark-berried red.
Luzon seem to able to create wines that perform at a level way above their price bracket!
Up until the 1980s Navarra, a producer of reds, whites and rosés, was best known for its traditional rosé wines.
Today some of Spain's finest reds are produced here such as Ars in Vitro (€9.99 down from €14.99), a classy DO red from a small 'quality obsessed' producer,this is sensational, savoury, complex red. Multi-layered with deep, dark-berry and damson fruit, well-structured and long-lasting flavours - a class act.
To top out my selection I have chosen Jaspi Negre (€12.99 down from €15.99) Hailing from Montsant which surrounds the more famous Priorat region this has the complexity, fantastic deep black fruit and mineral character of the top wines of its illustrious neighbour. If you try one new wine this month, make sure it's this star.