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Bodegas Navajas - Navarette

The wines of Antonio Navajas just go from strength to strength. New on the list is his crisp, citrus fruit dominated Blanco made from the Viura grape. He blends oak-aged wine in with his Tinto to give it more body to balance the fruit. We started shipping his Crianza over twenty-five years ago now and it is benchmark Rioja with typical vanilla oak underpinning layers of rich damson fruit. The excellent Reserva, aged in oak for three years, is another level up and we now ship his Gran Reserva if you want a real treat.

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White

  Bodegas Navajas Blanco
Price £7.99  Bin No SP64

Red

Bodegas Navajas  Tinto
Price: £7.99  Bin No.SP18

Bodegas Navajas  Crianza
Price: £9.99   Bin No.SP21

Bodegas Navajas  Crianza  Magnum
Price: £27.95   Bin No.SP25

Bodegas Navajas  Reserva
Price: £12.99   Bin No.SP22

  Bodegas Navajas  Gran Reserva    
Price: £22.50    Bin No.SP24
 

Bodegas Paternina - Haro

Founded in 1896, Bodega Paternina is based in Haro, the epicentre of the Rioja wine trade. The Monte Haro Tempranillo is soft and  elegant with good red fruit flavours and now has a screw cap. Banda Azul and Banda Roja are both classics that have benefitted hugely from the bodegas massive investment in new oak over the past decade.

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  Monte Haro  Tempranillo Tinto Joven
Price: £7.39  Bin No. SP02

  Banda Azul  Crianza
Price: £8.99  Bin No. SP04

  Banda Roja Reserva
Price: £11.50  Bin No. SP39

  Bodegas Paternina Gran Reserva
Price: £15.50  Bin No. SP4
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Marqués de Murrieta

A superb range of Riojas from the great Marqués de Murrieta’s 300 hectare Ygay estate at Logrono.  The  Marqués de Murrieta Reserva is benchmark Rioja that has been aged in American oak for over 20 months – a perfect example of modern-style Rioja, and the classic Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva has fabulous complexity having spent 40 months in American oak. For a real treat, try the Dalmau Reserva, their flagship, modern-style Reserva that has 10% wine from 90 year old Cabernet Sauvignon added into the blend, creating a wine with great intensity of black fruit. The Pazo de Barrantes Albarino is owned by the Creixell family of Marqués de Murrieta and is a wine that has wonderfully aromatic and exotic fruit overlays.

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  2014 Marqués de Murrieta Reserva
Price: £18.99  Bin No. SP29

  2014 Marqués de Murrieta  Reserva  Magnum
Price: £43.50  Bin No. SP28

  2007/11  Marqués de Murrieta Gran Reserva
Price: £44.95  Bin No. SP05

  2009 Marqués de Murrieta   Reserva Double Magnum
Price: £147.50  Bin No. SP26

2016  Dalmau   Reserva
Price: £79.95  Bin No. SP03

2009 Castillo Ygay   Gran Reserva Especial
Price: £94.95  Bin No. SP01

 

   

The Capellania Reserva is typical rich white Rioja, made from a blend of Viura, Malvasia & Garnacha, but less heavily oaked than it was in the past.

White

 Pazo de Barrantes Albarino  Rias Baixas
Price: £17.95  Bin No. SP63

  Marqués de Murrieta  'Capellania'   Reserva
Price: £21.50  Bin No. SP62
 

   

Altos de Rioja   - Rioja Alvesa

Altos de Rioja is a boutique winery in the heart of the best terroir of Rioja Alvesa. Every grape comes from old vines in the high altitude villages of Laguardia, Elvillar and Kripan. Aged in 80% French and 20% American oak, the wines have superb complexity and structured elegance.

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White

   Altos de Rioja    Blanco
Price: £11.95  Bin No. SP60

Red

Altos de Rioja    Crianza
Price: £13.98  Bin No. SP12

2014 Altos de Rioja  Reserva
Price: £19.99  Bin No. SP13

 

   

Castilla Y Leon: Ribera del Duero and Rueda

The MoMo white from Rueda is a delicious blend of Verdejo and Viura with lovely zesty, citric freshness.  The Alion Reserva is indisputably one of Spain’s finest red wines, combining elegance, grip and fabulous damson-black fruit. Alion comes from Vega’s neighbouring estate and is 100% Tempranillo.The Bodega Gotica white from Rueda is a delicious Verdejo with lovely zesty, citric freshness and its red counterpart Gotica ‘old vine’ Tempranillo has a superb purity of black cherry fruit.

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  Momo -  Verdejo/Viura  Rueda
Price: £8.99  Bin No. SP66

   Bodega Gotica  Verdejo
Price: £8.99  Bin No. SP61  

  Momo Tinta del Pais Ribera del Duero  
Price: £14.50  Bin No. SP09

 2012  Alion Reserva  Vega Sicilia
Price: £49.95  Bin No. SP11

 

   

Catalunya - Castillo Peralada

Some of our favourite wines on the list come from Castillo Perelada in the Costa Brava. The superb Castillo Perelada 3 Fincas Crianza  is a blend of Garnacha, Carinena and Tempranillo that has spent 12 months in American and French barriques giving it the classic vanilla flavours that balance the forest fruits. The 5 Fincas Reserva is a big reserve wine that has spent 18 months in oak and has broad sweet tannins and a superlative depth of plum and damson fruit.

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Castillo Peralada  3 Fincas Crianza
Price: £10.99  Bin No. SP141

Castillo Peralada  5 Fincas Reserva
Price: £14.99  Bin No. SP142

 Castillo Peralada   Finca Malaveina
Price: £21.95  Bin No. SP
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Priorat - Red

The wines from Perelada’s Priorat Estate – Spain’s most fashionable wine region - are unreconstructed blockbusters:  huge structure, heady plum fruit, hoofing alcohol content.

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2012/13 Vi de Vila Porrera Priorat
Price: £19.99  Bin No. SP17

 

   

Vega Sicilia   - Ribera del Duero and Toro

Founded in 1864 Vega Sicilia is Spain’s most prestigious wine estate and produces the most sublime incarnations of the Tinta Fino (Tempranillo) grape in the world. We are delighted to again be able to offer these astonishing wines to our customers and don’t miss Vega Sicilia’s exciting Bodegas Pintia from the emerging Toro region on the Duero close to the Portuguese border.

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  2017 Bodegas Alión      Ribera del Duero 
Price: £65.00  Bin No. SP11

2016 Vega Sicilia Valbuena    Ribera del Duero
Price: £115.00  Bin No. SP30

 2011 Vega Sicilia Unico       Ribera del Duero
Price: £295.00   Bin No. SP40

  2016  Bodegas Pintia  Toro
Price: £45.00  Bin No.  SP27

 

                      

   

Navarra

The Guelbenzu family are probably the greatest makers of wine in the Navarra region. The Azul is made from the Tempranillo grape  and aged for 9 months in French and American oak whereas the stunning Evo is a blockbuster red that is made predominantly from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape after 12 months aging in French oak barriques.

Guelbenzu  Azul 
Price: £11.50  Bin No. SP47

 

   

Rest of Spain

Red
Abadia red and white were new on the list last year and are fabulous value for money. From a family-run winery in Tarragona they are deliciously clean and vibrant. Bodega Gotica white from Rueda is a delicious Verdejo with lovely zesty, citric freshness and its red counterpart Bodega Gotica ‘old vine’ Tempranillo has a superb purity of black cherry fruit. The Guelbenzu family are probably the greatest makers of wine in the Navarra region and their Azul is made from the Tempranillo grape and aged for 9 months in French and American oak. Calandria Prieto Picudo (not a grape that I had ever heard of!) comes from the north-east of Spain and has an elegance and soft red fruit; Set Tota La Vida is an astonishing red packed with dark cherry fruit and a hint of mocha made from Garnacha, Syrah and Mazuelo (Carignan) in the fabled Monsant region to the south of Priorat in Catalonia.

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White

   Abadia Airén/ Sauvignon   Catalunya 
Price: £6.99  Bin No. SP10

  Bodega Gotica Verdejo   Rueda
Price: £8.99  Bin No. SP61
  

Red

Abadia Tempranillo Catalunya 
Price:  £6.99  Bin No. SP10

  Bodega Gotica Old Vine Tempranillo   Castilla Y Leon
Price: £8.99  Bin No. SP20 

  Guelbenzu  Azul  
Price:  £11.50  Bin No. SP47

Calandria Preieto Pucudo Tierra de Leon
Price:  £12.99  Bin No. SP14

Estones 'Set Tota la Vida' Monsant
Price:  £18.99  Bin No. SPO06

Momo  - Tinta del Pais      Ribera del Duero 
Price:  £14.99  Bin No. SP09

   
       

 

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