Following the AGM at Restaurante La Senia, Denia 62 members tasted President John Sloggie’s President’s choice of 5 wines for our first tasting of the year. The cost of each wine, where it can be purchased and average score given by members is shown in the list of wines tasted in 2017, which can be found by clicking on “Wines tasted in 2017”.
The first wine was Vina Mein 2015 DO Ribeiro, Bodegas Vina Mein from Galiciia. John had tried to obtain Seminare a Galician favourite but was unable to source this wine. Bodega Vina Mein from which this wine takes its name was created in 1998. Located in the DO of Ribeiro, Mein Estate appears in the Galician history books as one of the first settlements under the guardianship of the San Clodia monastery which was famous for its viniculture. The current owners took over the vineyards in 1998 which comprises 16 hectares of vineyards on south and south west facing slopes. They produce 100k bottles pa. Most is consumed in Galicia but Is exported to Europe and USA. The wine is produced from the grape varieties Treixadura, Godello, Loureira, Albariño, Torrentes and Lado they are used in different proportions each year. Bright yellow colour with greenish hues, intense nose, and ripe yellow fruit, flowers and some citric notes. In the mouth Treixadura predominates with crisp acidity and good structure with a final bitterness (characteristic of Treixadura)’
The second wine was Bodegas Hispano-Suiza, Bassus 2015, DO Utiel-Requena. This wine was 100% Sauvignon Blanc where the grapes are collected in 15kg boxes only in the morning and held for 3 days at 10ºC. They are then reduced to zeroº and macerated for at least 16 hours. After a very light pressing the grapes are then placed in new American oak barrels at l4ºC and then kept on lees (with the skins) until bottling.
Wine No 3 was a red Mestizaje 2015 from Bodega Mustiguillo in El Terrerazo, Utiel. This Bodega has vino de pago de Terrerazo status. A family winery with 126 Hectares. Toni Sariion has been one of the champions in the Bobal revival when in the year 2000 they started their first commercial production. The grapes are – Bobal (77%) Shiraz (10%), 6% Garnacha, 5% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon. Each variety is fermented separately then aged in oak. The Palate shows some chalkiness but is a very typically Mediterranean taste. This excellent wine is yellow with greenish reflections, a high intensity of aromas with minerals and tropical fresh fruit. It has a good weight of fruit in the mouth, oily, dense, good acidity and very long in the mouth. It was awarded 90 points by Peñin.
The fourth wine Pago Florentino 2013, Ciuidad Real, was a wine presented by Tony and Cherry Cabban in their tasting last year and it achieved the second highest score from members last year. 100% Tempranillo with an ABV of 14.5%. This bodega was set up as a vineyard on 150 acres in 1997 and Florentino achieved a Vino de Pago status in 2009. It is aged about 8 months in French & American oak with new barrels every year. The colour is a deep cherry red and on the nose there are intense aromas of sweet spices, toasted oak and roasted coffee. The wine is quite clean on the palate and has a long creamy after taste. Awarded 91 points by Peñin
The final wine of the evening was Finca Caiz Carrizal Syrah Vendima Tardia 2000 This wine is produced by Bodegas Dehesa del Carrizal in the Toledo Mountains and achieved the highest scoring of wines last year when it was presented in October. It is aged for 12 months in Oak with only 1840 bottles produced in 2005 which were forgotten about until last year. It is described by Juan Jose the winemaker as “a little bit sweet.”
Text and photos -Tim Fawle. 21st January 2017