Spain

"In a nutshell: land of American oak, increasing ambition, sherry, and low-yielding bush vines...

Proud possessor of more land devoted to vines than any other... Spain is an anarchic jumble of districts and regions... A look at a map suggests just how much climatic diversity there is likely to be between Spain's many wine regions, from the soggy green vineyards of Galicia on the north Atlantic coast to the baked Mediterranean south east. Spain's saving grace, viticulturally, is the average altitude of her vineyards, over 600 m (2,000 ft)...

Spain also has its own handsome array of indigenous grape varieties. Tempranillo produces some of the country's most admired red wines and is planted widely under several aliases. Spain's most planted grape variety was exported to France where it is known as Grenache. The Monastrell so common in the Levante is none other than fashionable Mourvèdre. Galicia's Albariño and Rueda's Verdejo are two white grape varieties of undisputable class and interest, Verdejo having been rescued only fairly recently from obscurity. There are many other candidates for such a rescue, with Rioja's Graciano and the Galician Godello being obvious examples...

Another common national characteristic is Spain's traditional fondness for American oak... But in one sense Spain's great gift to the world of wine is not a table wine at all but its incomparable late-fortified wine, a sure-fire appetite-whetter that has been much copied elsewhere, and often traduced even in its homeland Jerez: sherry. Spaniards are also extremely enthusiastic consumers of sparkling wine, mostly their own answer to champagne, Cava, the best examples of which are made in Penedès in north-east Spain." - Jancis Robinson

 

Map courtesy of Decanter

  • Roberto Amillo Vermut Especial 15%

    Roberto Amillo Vermut Especial 15%

    Region: Spain-(Other)

    93 POINTS PENIN GUIDE!  THIS VERMOUTH IS A KNOCKOUT. BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED, DRY, COMPLEX AND GORGEOUS. 700ML CARAFE.    "Despite being a collector from the Rioja, Roberto Amillo is a huge Sherry fan, and working with the Rioja firm of...

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  • La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva '904' 2010

    La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva '904' 2010

    Region: Spain- Rioja

    97 POINTS TIM ATKIN!  96 POINTS ROBERT PARKER!     "This is mostly Tempranillo with 10% Graciano and 13.5% alcohol, and it matured in fourth-used American oak barrels for four years, during which time the wine was racked every...

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  • Abellio Albarino 2019

    Abellio Albarino 2019

    Region: Spain-(Other)

    A TRUE ALBARINO - FULL, CITRUSSY, RACY. A GREAT FOOD WINE IN WARMER MONTHS!    "Visually clean, bright, pale yellow with green hues. The nose has aromas of white fruit and tropical fruit with floral nuances. On the palate it shows well...

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  • Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2019

    Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2019

    Region: Spain-(Other)

    JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS!  PREMIUM SPANISH GARNACHA BLEND FROM A HIGHLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCER. WALL OF FLAVOUR DELIVERED WITH POWER AND DRIVE.    "Gorgeous, bright fruit with raspberries, black cherries and lavender with some schist...

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    Current stock: 16

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  • Antidoto Ribera del Duero 2018

    Antidoto Ribera del Duero 2018

    Region: Spain-(Other)

    INCREDIBLE INTENSITY WITH THIS RIBERA DEL DUERO, MADE FROM TEMPRANILLO IN A HIGHER, COOLER CLIMATE PART OF THE REGION. "A wild and brambly edge to the ripe dark fruit here. This has a very succulent and saturated palate with fine, attractive tannin,...

    Current stock: 6

    $58.00
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  • Charquino Albarino 2019

    Charquino Albarino 2019

    Region: Spain-(Other)

    Spain's gift to the white-wine loving world, Albarino is perfect as both an easy-drinker and a good food pairer!  "This Albarino is a winner. Complex and citrussy, underscored by green apples, subtle pepperiness, a little nutty character. It is...

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    Current stock: 17

    $28.00
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  • Palacios Remondo La Vendimia Rioja 2018

    Palacios Remondo La Vendimia Rioja 2018

    Region: Spain- Rioja

    "The blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo had been in bottle for a little over one month when I tasted it, yet it felt harmonious and expressive. It’s a juicy and fruit-driven 50/50 blend of the two grapes fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts...

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    $38.00
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  • Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2017

    Alvaro Palacios Camins del Priorat 2017

    Region: Spain-(Other)

    PREMIUM SPANISH GARNACHA FROM A HIGHLY ACCLAIMED PRODUCER   If anyone embodies the promise and spirit of “The New Spain,” it is Alvaro Palacios.  One of nine children born to the owners of Rioja’s respected Palacios...

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  • Cillar de Silos Rosado de Tempranillo 2018

    Cillar de Silos Rosado de Tempranillo 2018

    Region: Spain-(Other)

    HAILING FROM A LTTLIE POCKET NORTH OF MADRID, THIS CENTURIES OLD WINERY HAS CREATED A GORGEOUS 100% TEMPRANILLO ROSE!  This is a rosé made in the style which is now in vogue throughout the world, with a resounding personality, vivacity and...

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    Current stock: 12

    $37.50
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  • Journey Spain Six-Pack

    Journey Spain Six-Pack

    Region: Spain-(Other)

    LET US BRING THE WORLD OF SPANISH WINE TO YOU WITH THIS PERFECT PACK OF SIX!      SAVE MORE THAN 10% OFF RRP OF $238.95                                 ...

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    $215.00
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