TIME TO START PAYING ATTENTION TO SPANISH WHITES
Over the past decade I’ve fallen in love with the new-age of Italian white wines, and more recently I’m noticing a similar movement in Spain as it pushes the quality of its native grape varieties. The thing is, modern winemakers can produce fantastic results from all sorts of indigenous grape varieties – such as these Verdejo and Viura based wines. The challenge is getting drinkers to explore ‘something else’. Terrifying to think that marketing experts in both Italy and Spain once recommended replanting these vineyards with Chardonnay.
Rueda whites (Verdejo grape) are often described as Spain’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc, as in crisp refreshment with herbal flavours. However, the wine below goes further as in delivering some richness and a sense of luxury. Shades of what you’d expect/get at a fancy restaurant in Europe. Nice in a classy way. Delicious aperitif or partner for white meats or seafood. You must try it.
El Coto (Viura and Verdejo grapes) also has the energy and refreshment of Sauvignon, along with a suggestion of Chardonnay richness. The best of both. However, it’s medium-bodied, and sort of perfect for just about situation.
BERONIA 17 Rueda, Spain 461327 Vintages $15.95
EL COTO 18 White Rioja, Spain 543801Vintages $14.95