Still can’t understand that if you enjoy white wine, why you would drink anything else other than Spanish. Well, you may say I’m a little biased (surely not!) but for me, in terms of value for money and variety, white wine from Spain is hard to beat.
Let’s take a snapshot of what’s available, here is a small list to prove my point….
Cava – Spains Traditional fizz, premium Cava’s stand up to any high-end sparklers including Champagne
Txakoli – From the Basque region, incredibly dry, high in acidity, with a fresh effervescence and typically with a low alcohol content, perfect summer drinking.
Albariño – From Rias Baixas, Galicia, Coastal wine, aromatic, minerally full of tropical fruits but with a saline edge
Verdejo – Rueda region, some say an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, textured, stone fruits, grassy, citrusy, fennel, with a touch of creaminess.
Godello – Godello does vary in style depending on whether it’s oaked or not, from fresh, crisp, with bracing acidity, showing apples, pears even slightly saline in character to (if it’s oaked) more Chardonnay/Burgundian like, much more intense, with more texture and full of tropical fruits.
Viura – aka Macabeo, widely grown in Rioja (Rioja Blanco), barrel fermented with citrus and stone fruits, slightly floral, can be rich and creamy and enhanced with some oak.
Garnacha Blanca – from the Terra Alta region in Cataluña, floral, green notes with some spice, can be complex and textured.
Palamino Fino – used in dry sherries, occupies almost 95% of the total vineyard area in Jerez.
So there you have it, just a quick overview of the more popular white wines from Spain to illustrate the variety and depth they have, anyway I digress from my next review, here it is below…….
EYLO Verdejo (Rueda) 2020
The second bottle from a recent Laithwaites order and a delight it was too. The bottle in question is a Verdejo a Spanish Denominación de Origen Protegida for wines located in the Community of Castile and León.
Fairly understated bottle (could have done more with the label) but the wine inside is anything but, it’s certainly citrusy, mainly lemons and green apples with a crisp acidity running through. There are also some sweeter tropical fruits in the background, maybe some white peaches. Many people say it’s the Spanish equivalent to Sovee, I don’t totally agree as I think it has a bit more texture and a touch of creaminess from the time it’s spent on Lees which, for me, is right up my street (calle).
Another winner from Laithwaites and another repeat buy for me, don’t take my word for it though, get a bottle, try and please let me know what you think.
EYLO Verdejo Laithwaites £10.99 ( £8.99 with a mixed 12)