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‘O Rosal’, Terras Gauda

£19.95
Terras Gauda was the first Galician winery to really make me think that World class wines could be produced here. Their vineyards are located in the subzone of O Rosal on the terraces that rise steeply above the river Miño which divides Spain from Portugal. This wine is a selective blend of the best Albariño grapes in the O Rosal subzone, mixed with the indigenous Loureira and Caiño Blanco, it is greenish-yellow, evoking white flowers and green plums on the nose and filling out on the palate with fresh grape and apple compote flavours as well as peach kernel. Edged with superb acidity and a bristling minerality this reminds me of a cross between really good Riesling and Premier Cru Chablis.The perfect wine for seafood, salads or simple fish dishes.

Caprichos Old Vine Garnacha, Bodegas Esteban Martin

£9.95
The region of Carinena is producing some of the best value wines around and this old vine (35 years old) Garnacha (same as Grenache) is a great case in point. Unoaked and full of juicy, lip-smacking red fruit flavours; a great party wine and a storecupboard essential - versatile enough to go with most things when you just need a good glass of red!

Pegaso Zeta, Telmo Rodriguez,

£21.95
Telmo Rodriguez is one of the most well known personalities in Spanish winemaking. His family home is Remelluri in Rioja Alavesa a truly special place to learn and grow. For more than 30 years Telmo and his business partner Pablo Eguzkiza have been rediscovering and recovering historic regions and vines around Spain. Buying vineyards and investing in the infrastructure and preserving vineyards not just flying in as is often the perception. The vineyards they have recovered in Valdeorras, Cebreros, Toro, Rueda and Malaga are truly special places, capable of making extraordinary wines which we are delighted to bring to the Bancroft portfolio.This beautiful Garnacha comes from the Gredos mountains to the east of Madrid - perhaps Spain's most fashionable region!
The perfume and purity of fruit here is amazing, reminiscent of Pinot Noir. Light and fleshy, it really is delicious and gluggable.
Highly recommended.
Goes very well with pork. Roast, chops, sausages...all good!

Rioja Crianza, Bodegas LAN

£14.95
Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN lies in the heart of Rioja Alta. Though a relatively young Rioja house, Bodegas LAN has gained a reputation for the excellent quality of its wines. This quality is derived from the grapes they work with, grown in their spectacular Viña Lanciano vineyard and other prime vineyard sites in Rioja Alta and Alavesa, and from winemaker María Barúa’s great attention to detail in the winery.This benchmark Rioja Crianza bears all the hallmarks of María Barúa's winemaking skills. Fresh and well-balanced, with the fruit to the fore but a savoury spiciness evident from judicious use of oak.A classic that is great drinking on it's own, or is versatile enough to pair with all sorts of meaty dishes.

Rioja Gran Reserva, Bodegas LAN

£26.95
Founded in 1972, Bodegas LAN lies in the heart of Rioja Alta. Though a relatively young Rioja house, Bodegas LAN has gained a reputation for the excellent quality of its wines. This quality is derived from the grapes they work with, grown in their spectacular Viña Lanciano vineyard and other prime vineyard sites in Rioja Alta and Alavesa, and from winemaker María Barúa’s great attention to detail in the winery.A classic Gran Reserva Rioja which marries beautifully fresh red fruit flavours of strawberry, cherry and cranberry with a wonderful savoury complexity and notes of smoke, toast and leather from the extended period of oak ageing.A great Gran Reserva makes a perfect gift. And the perfect accompaniment to roast lamb.

Rioja Tinto, Finca Allende

£26.95
Finca Allende is the brainchild of Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of Rioja's 'modernistas'. The winery is based in Briones, on the right bank of the Ebro river, in Rioja Alta. The soils in Briones are composed of red clay and gravel and the vineyards face north. Miguel's philosophy is that wine is made in the vineyard and he seeks to express the individual qualities of each site, rather than highlight barrel ageing. Indeed, when you visit him in Rioja, he often insists on tasting individual vineyard wines in situ, to fully understand their origin and style.Finca Allende practices sustainable viticulture without the use of harmful pesticides or herbicides. Cultivation is done by hand or with the help of horses. Allende's commitment is also ethical and the winery supports various projects aimed at helping more disadvantaged groups. This wine is 100% Tempranillo, aged for 14 months in French oak barrels. It is a modern and fruit-forward interpretation of Rioja with a deep colour and lovely cedar and tobacco notes.Perfect with roast lamb or a big rib steak.

Vina Alberdi Reserva, La Rioja Alta

£21.95
La rioja Alta is one of Spain's most iconic producers, producing some of the country's best wines since 1890.The Vina Alberdi Reserva is perhaps their most accessible and immediately impressive wine and delivers that quitessential Rioja flavour profile in spades.Perfect with roast meats and strong hard cheeses, this is drinking well now but will continue to improve for at least a decade.

Vina Arana Gran Reserva, La Rioja Alta

£37.95
La Rioja Alta is one of the great names in the world of wine, making truly magnificent wines. Vina Arana was always made as a Reserva, but from the 2012 vintage, they have extended the ageing to elevate it to Gran Reserva. The result is impressive – very smooth and complex; drinking well now but will improve for decades to come!