Herederos del Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2013

A second Spanish wine review, also from the same producer. I wasn’t initially entirely taken by this wine – a Rioja Reserva. That said, drinking it now a couple of days after opening, I am enjoying it. For this reason, I would suggest a long decant. It has a caramel and cedar driven nose, withContinue reading “Herederos del MarquĂ©s de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2013”

D Ventura Vina do Burato Ribeira Sacra 2012

A by the glass purchase.  Since my encounter with this Palacios wine from Bierzo (see here), I have taken the charms of mencia more seriously.  Ribeira Sacra is its own appellation and specialises in reds, and mencia in particular.  Bierzo and Ribeira Sacra are neighbouring regions in Galicia in the wet north western part ofContinue reading “D Ventura Vina do Burato Ribeira Sacra 2012”

Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2013

You can’t tell I’ve started tasting (for MW studies) from some lesser known (in Australia) regions can you?  First, a Stellenbosch pinotage (reviewed here), now a garnacha from Campo de Borja in Aragon (inland, behind Catalonia).  This wine is a 100% garnacha (grenache) and is not of shy bearing.  Purple in the glass, with aContinue reading “Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2013”

Descendientes de J Palacios Las Lamas CorullĂłn Bierzo 2009

I haven’t been entirely convinced by the mencia wines of Bierzo in north western Spain, thinking them neither one thing nor another.  This wine promptly puts an end to that sort of thinking; it is resolutely stunning.  From a 0.54 hectare vineyard consisting of 60 to 100 year old vines, it has aromas of blackberry,Continue reading “Descendientes de J Palacios Las Lamas CorullĂłn Bierzo 2009”

A new variety in Australia: d’Arenberg The Anthropocene Epoch Mencia 2017

It’s exciting to see mencia is now being grown in Australia and this is the first Australian one that I’ve had a close look at in bottle. Mencia is the grape variety from Bierzo in north western Spain where it is capable of greatness. In d’Arenberg’s hands in McLaren Vale, the 2017 vintage has aContinue reading “A new variety in Australia: d’Arenberg The Anthropocene Epoch Mencia 2017”

Price, quality and a Rioja wine

Price and quality are not always correlated.  This humble wine from Berberana, a Rioja Gran Reserva from the 2005 vintage, ably demonstrates this point.  I found it for around the $20 mark in the “other” section of a major retailer, reviewed it back in 2012 (see here) and promptly returned to buy the remainder onContinue reading “Price, quality and a Rioja wine”