Archive for the ‘Rueda’ category

Ermita Veracruz Verdejo 2006

January 13, 2009

img_5260The prolonged period of hot weather here in Perth screams out for fresh summer whites, like this lovely Verdejo. From an area where great fluctuations between day and night temperatures help the grapes to retain their acidity, it offers tons of  fruit and vibrancy. And with the further addition of proper viticultural practices, modern wine making and a healthy level of  ambition, the Benito brothers are bringing this variety to the next level. Aromas of citrus peel, ripe melon, white flowers and minty herbaceousness on the nose, the wine has a succulent, fruit driven palate balanced with crisp and minerally acid. Nice labelling and screwtop closure finish the deal. 88 points

Source: Swanbourne Cellars /Must Winebar  Price: $25  Drink: Now


Telmo Rodriguez Basa 2006

June 21, 2007

img_3018.jpg“Wine is a drink that has to give pleasure -you can open a bottle with friends; you don’t need to spend $100 to have fun”   Telmo Rodriguez, Gourmet Traveller WINE oct/nov 2005

Wine magazines and consumers give a lot of attention to the concept of ‘value’. Although this word can contain different meanings to different people there seems to be a popular consensus that it refers to the price of wines in relation to their quality. A relatively cheap but high quality wine is usually coined as ‘good value’. It is not strange that people look for good buys because it’s simply impossible to drink First Growths or Grand Crus all the time, unless you’re a millionaire of course. I personally think Australians can consider themselves lucky because prices are relatively low while the quality of wine has never been so high due to the high standards of winemaking- and vineyard practices. This has not always been the case in countries like Spain where quality could be downright shocking. Not surprising for a country where the majority of wines was made by cooperativas that relied on grapes grown by farmers for whom quality was not their first priority. How things have changed! This excellent wine from Telmo Rodriguez is not only an example of modern and clean winemaking, it also offers you the experience of indigenous Spanish varieties that truly reflect their regional origins. Basa is a blend of Verdejo (85%), Viura (10%) and Sauvignon Blanc (5%) and is completely fermented in stainless steel tanks. The nose shows clearly defined and intense tropical fruit, pear, melon, citrus and herbal notes. The palate has a lovely round texture with lively fruit, chalky minerality and fresh acid while the slightly phenolic finish adds even more character. This wine really delivers interesting and high quality drinking. The price is just a bonus. 91 points.

Source: The Spanish Aquisition  Price: $22  Drink: Now