January 17, 2017

V is for Viura – 5 Spanish whites you should try!

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Here are five Spanish Viuras to enjoy this summer (unless stated, these wines are 100% Viura):

Bodegas Alvia Mileto Blanco 2015 Viura – Just two months in French and Hungarian oak has given this Viura plenty of spicy lees and added curves. Ripe grapefruit and peach fruit is scented with jasmine sitting amongst some creamy pastry. A drier style that has balance and soft, generous fruit along the length of the palate. Drink this one now to capture that prettiness. (£13.50)

Bodegas Beronia 2015 Viura – If you are a fan of Sherry, you will probably know the name Gonzalez Byass, and Bodegas Beronia is part of this winery group. There is, however, nothing at all Sherry-like in this wine. It is fresh, has a beguiling personality of honeysuckle, citrus including some waxy peel and some fresh lively herbs. The fruit is right upfront, although it becomes leaner on the clean and long finish. The Beronia Viura makes a good aperitif, particularly on a warm sunny day. (£9.00)

Bodegas Muro Blanco 2015 Viura – A very intense citrus experience awaits you in the glass. More nutty and waxy aromatically, this Spanish white has ripely sweet orange and peach punch fruit that explodes on the palate. Crisp, generous and balanced, it does not require food but will certainly work well with a light meal.    (£8.70)

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Fincas de Azabache 2015 Fermentado en Barrica Blanco – Fermentation in barrel gives a spicy almond nougat creaminess to the pretty spicy flowers and ripe fruit that swings from apple to almost tropical ripeness. It also adds full bodied richness complete with a little oiliness on the finish that does not detract any enjoyment, rather it extends the length. A long, spicy white that offers a voluptuous choice for dinner. (£9.95)

Bodegas Luis Canas Blanco Fermentado en Barrica 2015 (85% Viura / 15% Malvasia) – Rich cream aromas sit a top lightly ripe tropical fruit, honeyed lemon and, in turn, compliments some spicy cinnamon. This is a satisfyingly, full bodied wine that is not only intense on the nose but also the mouth. In addition to adding cream and spice characters, the well judged oak regime rounds out the palate while letting the fruit shine. Enjoy with or without food, whatever the season. (£7.90)

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