Spain’s vineyards are characterised by their often extreme climatic conditions. Vines may be found growing in desert or volcanic regions or in landscapes blanketed by snow. They can grow successfully in places with very low annual rainfall, like the central and south-eastern dry regions, or in extremely damp areas like those of north-western Spain, influenced by Atlantic weather. In fact, in some areas the strength of the wine making tradition is encouraged by the grapevine being the only plant capable of surviving and flourishing in extreme temperatures.
Spain has a very high proportion of old vines, giving lower yields. European Union money has enabled the wine industry to modernise and it is now the country that many wine critics consider to make the broadest range of wines of real interest. >>Read More
Fine Wines Direct are the largest importers of Spanish wines in Wales and one of the most important independent wholesalers of Rioja in the UK. We are particularly proud of the range of Riojas that we offer, not only for the breadth of styles but also of Bodegas. If you can't find what you are looking for here, please get in touch as we will probably have it in our cellars.
Soft aromas of black fruits and sweet spice form the basis for this famous Ribera red, liquorice and hints of coca edge around the more powerful fruit notes. On the palate the well balanced oak maturation is very well defined, complementing rather than overwhelming the fruit. A persistent finish and silky tannins highlight the quality wine making of this Crianza.
A rich and intense nose of sweet black fruit and sweet spice, such as vanilla and clove, from the oak maturation. Juicy dark fruit and floral flavours on the palate are balanced by defined acidity. There are hints of smokiness on the mid palate and the finish is long and persistent.