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Rioja Wine Month

October is Rioja wine month and to celebrate, we’ve picked a handful to offer on promotion. These wines will remain on discount until the end of the month or until stocks last!

PLUS, anyone who purchases one of these Riojas will automatically receive a free Rioja tote bag and a wine bottle gift bag (pictured right) per bottle purchased.

2021 Flor de Primicia Blanco, Bodegas Casa Primicia Was £13.50            Offer Price £11.95.

Fans of this barrel fermented Chardonnay (and I know there are many of you out there) will be delighted with this sharper price and will undoubtedly snap it up. It’s a rich and opulent glass of white that is aged in a mixture of French and American oak. An old colleague of mine likened it to Batard-Montrachet and although I’m not going make such claims I will say that if you’re a fine of rich, oaky Chardonnays then you should certainly give this a try. Perfect with Paella.

2016 GR Rioja Graciano, Bodegas Casa Primicia Was £15.75        Offer Price £13.95

Another wonderful wine from one of Spain’s oldest wineries. Graciano is one of four red grape varieties permitted in Rioja and is usually part of a blend. It can be a difficult grape to cultivate but when it works it can produce perfumed and elegant wines that have a graceful charm and that’s what we have here. Bright cherry red in colour with aromas of black cherry, plum and exotic spice. A nice silkiness on the palate but with good structure. This intense fruit lingers on the finish with good freshness too. A superb example of Graciano that would be perfect with a slow roast pork shoulder.

2018 Queirón Mi Lugar, Vino de Quel Rioja, Bodegas Ontañon Was £24            Offer Price £19.95

A glorious Rioja produced by a rigorous selection of only the finest fruit from high altitude vineyards. This delicious red is made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha sourced from single vineyard in and around the village of Quel in Rioja Oriental. Many of the plots are old bush vines which are low yielding and sit at an altitude of about 600m and there is a three-tier selection process for the grapes, first in the vineyard, secondly at the winery door and finally during destemming which results in only the very finest grapes being used. The wine is aged for 18 months in new oak (80% French and 20% American) and then a further six months in large (18,000L) French oak foudres. A fine but pronounced nose of black cherry, blueberry and plum with touches of fig, cinnamon, mocha and balsamic. On the palate there is superb concentration and despite the complex spicy flavours. Structured but elegant with excellent purity of fruit, it’s drinking beautifully already but has plenty of years left on it.

 

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