Anciano Old Vines 35yo Garnacha 2015

Anciano Old Vines 35yo Garnacha 2015 $19.99 Here’s a comfortingly rich, round and rumpty Spanish Garnacha made from 35 y.o. vines from Calatayud.   Made by Norrel Robertson MW, it’s scented with cough drop characters, Irish Moss, anise, dutch cocoa and hints of saddle leather – all of which saturate onto the palate.  The acidity is fresh, finely tuned […]

Terras Gauda Rías Baixas O Rosal 2016 $34.95 (4.5 stars)

Made from a blend of albariño, caino and loureiro grapes, this kick-in-the-chops Spanish white made in the Rías Baixas (ree-ass bye-sass) tradition put me firmly in my happy place. I love the crash of lemon blossom, lime zest and white peach across the palate, the smash of rain-on-hot-rocks minerality and the gentle, tastebud exfoliating character […]

Dominio de Heredia Rioja DOC 2015 $19.90

Super-smooth and masculine, like sniffing George Clooney after a wet shave, it’s all tobacco, man-sweat, saddle leather and desert dust. Wait. What was I talking about again? The wine! Yes. Tempranillo grapes were harvested, crushed, fermented, and aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels to bring on the smoky, prune, and pepper flavours […]

Godelia Viernes Bierzo Mencía 2013 $26 (4.5 stars)

Crafted by Josep Serra and Olga Verde, this hand harvested little mencía (pronounced ‘men-thee-aah) erupts with florals and spice and hedgerow fruits on the nose. Yet on the palate it immediately calms down into a smooth, soft sip with suede-like texture, alongside a hint of salt, mushroom and mineral notes combine with earthy layers to […]

Mas Candi Cava Brut Nature NV $23 (4 stars)

Cava is the Spanish version of Champagne, it’s made in exactly the same way and it’s the perfect way to welcome the cooling down of the seasons. This is a blend of 60% xarel.lo, 20% macabeo and 5% parellada, alongside 15% that’s comprised of other indigenous Penedès grape varieties. Maturation time of at least two […]

Vina Pomal Crianza Rioja Tempranillo 2013 $24.00

This Tempranillo-tastic red was originally created way back in 1908 and has been a huge Spanish favourite ever since. “You cannot get more Spanish than this wine” says our lovely importer Tomas, and we absolutely believe him. Smell that deliciously dusty vanilla note while you’re pouring each glass? That’s a classic result of it being […]

Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs NV $29.99

This stylish Spanish sparkling chardonnay has classic dusty, musky, soft creamy notes on the nose and they combine beautifully with super-dry, chalky, crushed seashell characters on the palate. Layers of lemony brioche sneak into the palate spectrum and they work sensationally with nutty, biscuit flavours on the finish. If you’re a fan of mineral-driven magic, […]

Perelada Jardins Blended Red 2015 $19.99

Named in homage to the beautifully perfumed gardens (jardins) that legendary Parisienne landscape designer Francois Duvilliers designed for Count Perelada’s Spanish castle in the mid 1800’s. This curious blend of Monastrell Grenache, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon is a floral, spice-fest with an earthy, truffle-like, dried herb edge to the deep berry layers in the […]

Pulpoloco Campo De Borja Rosado 2015 $9.99 (3 stars)

Created from 100% Grenache grapes grown in Spain’s Campo de Borja D.O, this is a super-fruity, raspberry and cherry-saturated rosé that smells and tastes like peppercorns soaking in a glass of creaming soda.  Spicy-sweet, yet nicely balanced acidity – tangy and a good little quaffer for sure. www.advintage.co.nz  

Castaño Yecla Monastrell Rosado 2015 $10.99 (3 stars)

Made at high altitude in Spain’s Yecla D.O district, this has the most gorgeous colour, almost like a negroni cocktail colour and has aromas of quince, yellow fruits, ultra-clean, tangy pomegranate and redcurrant. Complex tannins – beautifully complex, full, delicious, lovely. www.thegoodwine.co.nz

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