Spanish wines for spring: Cavas and whites

I’ve tasted some impressive Spanish wines lately, some made from grapes that I haven’t previously heard of. Here are the ones that have most impressed me together with a few other favourites…  

Cavas:

1. Conde de Haro NV, Bodegas Muga, Rioja, £15

A delicious sparkling wine based on the Viura and Malvasía grapes, the classic Rioja white blend.Available from: Portland wine cellars (Lancashire), Ultracomida (Aberystwyth, Narbeth), Les Vignerons de St George (Surrey),

2. Elyssia Gran Cuvée Brut NV, Freixenet

An elegant Cava with good structure made from Chardonnay, Macabeo and Parellada. Available from: Waitrose and Tesco.com, price guide £14.99

3. Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs Reserva 2008, Codorníu    

A decidedly modern style of Cava and very polished. Made from Pinot Noir with some Chardonnay.  Available from: Majestic plus independents (Dickens House, Taylors Fine Wine, The Halifax Wine Company, Aughton Wines), £14.99

4. Parxet Brut Reserva 2009 Cava, £12.95

A Cava with some maturity; delicious apple and pear fruit with a savoury dryness – try it with food. www.winetraders.org.uk

White wines:

5. Albariño de Fefiñanes Joven 2010, DO Rías Baixas, £15.95, 13%,

A fine Albariño from one of the oldest producers in the region. www.winetraders.org.uk

6. Señoráns Albariño 2010, Pazo de Señoráns, DO Rías Baixas,13%, £15

A focused style and a consistent performer. www.Rhone2rioja.co.uk

7. Albariño Leirana 2010, Forjas del Salnés, 12.5%, £17.95, from some of the oldest vines in the region www.carteblanchewines.com

8. Coto de Gomariz Blanco 2010, Coto de Gomariz, DO Ribeiro, £13.75, 13%

A blend of Albariño, Godello, Loureira and Treixadura from Ribeiro, in Galicia, which is re-emerging with a quality wine offering. Unoaked, vibrant and zesty. www.indigowine.com

9. Louro 2010, Bodegas Rafael Palacios, Valdeorras, 13.5%, £11.94,

A fine example of Godello carefully aged in oak from a talented winemaker. Available through Georges Barbier of London 020 8852 5801

Three wines from Monterrei, the smallest DO region of Galicia:

10. Grego e Monaguillo 2011, Godello, 13%, £10.50

Very pure and fresh – a delightful wine for spring and summer.

Available from: Ballantynes of Cowbridge, Christpher Piper (Devon), Highbury Vintners (London), the Leamington Wine Co., Vins De Bordeaux (Oldham)

11. Alma de Blanco Godello 2010, price guide £7.50, Oddbins.com

Fresh with bright white peach fruit – a welcome new addition to the Oddbins range – www.oddbins.com

12. Pazo de Mariñan 2010, Bodegas Tapias Mariñan, 13% £10.50, 13%

Godello, Treixadura and Albariño come together in a stylish blend.

Available from: George Hill (Loughborough), Highbury Vintners (London), Mill Hill Wines (London), Partridges of Sloane Square (London), Ultracomida (Aberystwyth, Narbeth), Vins de Bordeaux (Oldham), Wines of Interest (Ipswich), York Beer and Wine shop, Wine Appreciation (Doncaster)

13. Tierra Fidel Rioja Blanco 2009, Agrícola Labastida, Rioja, 14%, £25

Mostly Viura, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasía with Mazuelo Blanco, Moscatel and the rare Rioja variety Calagraño making up the rest. When Rioja whites can be as good as this the region doesn’t need Chardonnay…   www.carteblanchewines.com

14. José Pariente 2011, Bodegas José Pariente, Rueda, 13%, £8.58

Fresh from the 2011 vintage – a rich yet balanced Verdejo with delicious hints of quince fruit. One of the best producers in the region in my view. Available through Georges Barbier of London, 020 8852 5801

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