Zoom Tasting May 2021

In May we exceeded all records with our online bodega presentation from Finca Los Aljibes with 43 members attending an interesting and professional presentation from Manuel Morente, Director of the family owned bodega near Albacete. Not only was this the highest attendance of our online tastings but our enthusiastic members stocked up on their summer wines with a collective order of 117cases. We also welcomed new members James Grigor and David Miller who attended their first tasting.

This was a very professional presentation from Manuel who started the evening with a video on Finca Los Aljibes followed by a tasting of 4 of their wines. The tasting pack included a delicious embutido of venison, which he suggested we consume during the tasting together with some cheeses.  Also half way through the tasting, and included in the tasting pack, was a half-litre bottle of the Los Aljibes Olive Oil, and we were asked to pour a small quantity into a wine glass while he explained the characteristics of this olive oil. The general opinion was that it was delicious.

The wines tasted were:

Viña Aljibes White 2020 – Sauvignon Blanc (80%) Chardonnay (20%)

The Chardonnay is fermented in new French oak for 3 months

Viña Aljibes Rosé 2020 – 100%Syrah No ageing in oak.

Aljibes Garnacha Tintorera 2017 – 100% Garnacha Tintorera.

Aged 10 months in French oak vats. 2016 vintage achieved 90 points in Guia Peñin

Aljibes 2017 – Cabernet Sauvignon (35%)Merlot (45%) Cabernet Franc (20%)

The grapes of this wine have gone through a triple selection process. Each variety is vinified separately.

Ageing, 10months in American and French oak barrels and 3 months in French Oak vats of 10,000 litres .

Tim Fawle, May 2021.