Tasting 16th February 2017 – Restaurant Cumbre – Benitachell

members enjoying pre dinner drinks

In the absence of President John Sloggie, Vice President Paul Nicholls welcomed 64 members

Paul welcoming members and guests

Paul welcoming members and guests

and guests to the tasting at Restaurant Cumbre in Benitachel.   Five wines, two white and three red were presented by Thamar assisted by Mathew of Casa del Vino, Jávea under the title of “Wines of the future: wines of 2017”.    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 Monroy 2015, from Bodegas Monroy in the DO of Vinos de Madrid.   The grape variety is 100% Malvar, a grape that is

Speaker Thamar with Mathew

Speaker Thamar with Mathew

predominantly grown in the province of Madrid  where it is a permitted variety in the DO.   The grapes come from two plots of 50 year old vineyards located at 750m above the Tajo and Tajuña river valleys.   After maceration and fermentation the wine matures for 80 days on its own lees.   The wine has a medium silvery lemon colour.  The nose was intense with aromas of tropical fruits, with a taste of almonds at the end. On the palate the wine was medium bodied with a good structure.  There were flavours of peach, lime, grapefruit, and honeysuckle with a lovely stony minerality to the finish.   The Alcohol by Volume (ABV) is 13.5% 

The second white tasted was Vaya 2015, from DO Bierzo which is a 100% Godello.   The origins of Godello variety are located in the town of Godella (Valencia) where this variety was first planted back in the 19th century    Grown on vines 45 to 55 years old and in a soil of clay and limestone at an altitude of 450 to 600m, the grapes are all handpicked.   Vaya has a clean yellow colour with golden hues and green hints, its aroma showing hints of mature fruit, flowers, spices and some minerals.   In the mouth it is smooth, round and balanced with a long and delicate finish.   It has an ABV of 13.5%  

The first red tasted was Safra from cellers del Roure in DO Valencia, which is a blend of Mandó, Garnacha and Monastrell.   Mandó is the indigenous grape variety from Moixent   which is a municipality in the Valencian Community.   The location of the vineyards is excellent for the cultivation as they are at 600 m above sea level and 60 km from the sea.   It is aged in subterranean amphorae for 6 months.   The wine has a beautiful cherry colour, aromas of fresh red fruit and is very aromatic and expressive.   The taste is fresh and elegant, silky on the tongue with great acidity.   The wine has an ABV of 12.5%

Then came Les Crestes 2015 from Cellers Mas Doix in DO Priorat.   This 2015 wine is a blend of 80% Garnacha, 10 % Cariñena and 10% Syrah grown on 20 – 25 year old vines.   This is a

Kathy giving the vote of thanks

Kathy giving the vote of thanks

genuinely delicious, young Priorat wine that has been aged in French oak for 10 months.   The grapes are grown on a step hillside on slate at a height of 350/400m with a yield of 1 kg per vine.   The grapes are picked by hand.   The wine has a  black cherry colour with a violet rim.   It has a spicy aroma, fruity and mineral on the palate it is flavourful, fruity, fresh structured and a long after taste.   It has an ABV of 14.5%

The final wine tasted was Buen Amor 2016 a 100% Tinta de Toro (basically a Tempranillo

grape) from Finca Volvoreta in DO Toro.  Buen Amor comes from the highest altitude vineyard, a plot in south-facing slope with over 30 year old vines and a deep sandy-stony soil.   Buen Amor sparkles in the glass with almost black, cherry red colour with a purple shimmer and awakens with  fresh scents of cherries, roses and blackberries   With an ABV of 14% the Amor exceeds expectations with its warm aromas of ripe, red fruit and floral notes, its soft texture caresses the palate and  it is full bodied and compact. 

A vote of thanks to Thamar and Mathew was given by Kathy Johnson

members and guests at the tasting
Photos and text by Gaby Ferenczy                                                                                                                                                                                                                    February 2017