January 20 2022 Hotel Nou Roma, Denia
Following the AGM which preceded the tasting 42 members enjoyed a presentation of wines selected by various members of the Cpmmittee.
Habla de ti, 2020 Bodegas Habla, Vino de tierra,DO Extremadura.100% Sauvignon Blanc. Presented by Sandy Fawle
This wine in its’ distinctive bottle is easily available through supermarkets and good wine retailers in Spain. Most of us will have seen the attractive bottle with a glass stopper which makes it ideal for use in the home for making limoncello, sloe gin etc.
Bodegas Habla is a family bodega started in 2000. The neighbours in this sparsely populated regaion called them the “Locos” for thinking that they could produce great wines in such a difficult area.
The soil is poor and slatey and the weather is extreme with dry, baking hot summers and cold winters.
However the doubters were proved wrong when their wines began to win prizes. Habla de ti was voted the best Spanish white wine in 2015 by the Association of Spanish Wine Writers. Their red wine, Habla del Silencio was voted best red wine in Spain for 3 years running, being described as “Spectacular” by wine writers.
Bodegas Habla do not want to be under the constraints of a DO, preferring to be described as a Vino de la Tierra as their feeling is that “No one should legislate on the quality of their wine”
The wines are produced in a modern, state of the art, bodega constructed in 2004 near the town of Trujillo. They have 200 hectares under vines. Grapes are hand-picked and no pumps are used in the bodega to avoid disturbing the wine – just gravity and manual stirring.
Tasting Notes – Bright green with golden hues
My choice today is to taste one of my favourite grape varieties Godello an indigenous grape of Galicia. My journey to select this wine started in Casa del Vino, Javea to speak to the lovely Thamar.
She recommended 2 Godellos and this was my selection.
I actually phoned the bodega and by chance spoke to the owner Juan Luis Vazquez.
I explained that CBWS visited Ribeiro de Sacra in 2016 on a wine trip, a stunning area with great wines. He told me his bodega did not exist then!
He is developing an exciting project where he recruited an Argentinian wine maker to develop top class wines they have 32 hectares and in 2021 they have focussed on reducing the vines planted to ensure a higher quality vintage.
Finally, they have converted a 600 year old house in the village to a Boutique Hotel.
This is a bodega of the future and for sure will see this wine developing successfully. The power of a phone call to the right person.!
Bodega Casa de Outeiro, Quiroga, DO Ribeira Scara
100% Godello 2020 – Rated Excellente Vintage
The Godello grape is a variety native to Galicia. Our Godello comes from plots located in the Ribeira Sacra, specifically in Quiroga and Abeleda. It comes from relatively young vines aged between 10 and 20 years, hence the young and vibrant character of this wine. In Quiroga we cultivate vineyards on gently sloping hillsides and in Abeleda on traditional terraces, typical of this region. All of them with a south-southwest orientation. Pebble soils in Quiroga and slate soils in Abeleda.
They make a manual selection of each bunch and do not use the skin in the maceration, since they look for the most fruity points of the wine.
It is a white wine that takes us back to a very warm vintage, with high maturation. It is the most honest expression of how the climate influences the wine in different ways year after year.
Colour yellow with green tints
Nose –green apple,citrus fruits and mineral aromas.
Taste- well structured,good balance of acidity and this wine will keep well to drink in future years. It has that Atlantic freshness, typical of Galicia.
The Barahonda vineyard is in Yecla, some 84 km north west of Alicante.
The bodega was founded in 1850 and is currently owned and managed by a couple of brothers who are the fourth generation of the founding family.
It is located between 400 and 800 m above sea level, in deep soils made up of limestone rocks and “poor in organic matter”. This wine is 100% Monastrell. There is historical evidence of the grapes being grown there as far back as the 15th Century. The grapes thrive on the poor soil and climate – temperatures may vary from 45ºC in summer to-10ºC in winter and day and night temperatures may oscillate by up to 20ºC. Moreover, rainfall rarely exceeds 350 mm a year.
This particular wine is certified as being organic. The Penin guide gives it 93 points, and the wine won the Gran Oro Viñaespaña.
I’ve seen this wine described as “meaty” more than once, and I think I know what they mean. It has an intense colour and is aromatic. Tasting notes I have seen all agree that it is oaky, and black fruit and vanilla are also mentioned
Martue is a family-owned producer, based in D.O. Pago Campo de la Guardia, close to Toledo. The business was started in 1990, producing its first wine in 2001 and now produces around 15,000 to 20,000 litres of wine per annum from the modern technologically advanced winery.
From the 2018 Syrah vintage, 7,010 bottles were produced. This wine is made with 100% Syrah grapes from the Campo Martuela and El Casar de La Guardia vineyards. It has a traditional fermentation with daily pumping over, followed by 20 days of maceration in tanks with the skins. The wine matures for15 months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels.
The colour is garnet/cherry with violet hues. The nose is intense and complex, with hints of spices, kirsch, blackberry, black cherry, lavender, pastry, peppermint and graphite.
In the mouth it is full, fruity and complex, with an elegant combination of powerfulness and softness. The flavours identified on the nose are also evident in the mouth. The tannins are of medium texture with a welcome silkiness. The finish is long and pleasant. Overall, this is a very good wine bordering on outstanding
The combination of the fruit, acidity and tannins gives this wine an excellent balance, ready to be enjoyed now and capable of further evolution over the next few years It has not been subject to stabilisation or filtration, so may have a slight sediment in the bottle. It should be opened at least half an hour before serving.
Sango,2015 Bodegas Rejadorada, DO Toro Presented by Tim Fawle on behalf of John Sloggie.
We visited this bodega on a 2016 Wine Trip to DO Toro and liked their wines so this is John Sloggie’s selection.
Wine maker’s comments:
2015 was one of the most climate-balance vintages of the last years. Because of that, we could start the harvest in the middle of September, having a good balance.
The description of this wine is like a “fragrance” because when we have a good vintage, we make the ageing of this wine only in new French oak, so you have very clean notes from the wood like spice, licuorice, toasted notes… perfectly harmonized with the notes from the grape and fermentation, like jam blackberry, mineral notes…
In the last years we are working with our oldest vines to make this wine, so we make this wine with vines are from 80 to 111 years old.
Tasting Note Ruby red colour with violet glints. Intense and complex aromas of blackberry fruits, harmoniously integrated with the spicy notes of the wood mixed up with toast and mineral notes. On the palate is silky, full-bodied and powerful with well integrated and round tannins. Best enjoyed Its harmony of spices and blackberry fruit pairs perfectly with stew meats and dark chocolate. Drinking best Positive evolution for the next 10 years. Technical information Winemaking: Selection of grapes in the vineyards of over 70 years old and further selection in the winery, cold pre-fermentation maceration and fermentation at a controlled temperature. Ageing for 18 moths in very tight grain French oak barrels.
Alcoh. Degree: 14,5 % Total Acidity: 4,83 gr/l Residual Sugar: 1,32 g
All wines presented received a favourable reception and a vote of thanks was given by Gordon Sellars who commented that everyone enjoyed the evening. He also thanked those members of the Committee who presented the wines.
Wines tasted January 2022 Prices Average Score
Habla de Ti 2020 €10.95 73
Casa de Outeiro 2020 €12.50 78
Summum 2019 €15.50 81
Martue Syrah 2018 €11.10 83
Sango 2015 €14.00 79
Wines 1,2,3 purchased from Casa del Vino, Javea discount off above prices for members
Wines 4 & 5 direct from bodega including discount.