2020 Verdejo, Castillo de Aresan, Castilla, Spain
If Verdejo is not on your white grape radar then this should be your introduction. It's a very friendly white wine that is dominated by stone fruit aromas and flavours. As well as this vibrant fruit there is the faintest almond note in the background (a classic Verdejo trait) that sits so well with the peachy flavour. It's un-oaked and has a fresh acidity thanks to the high altitude at which the vines are grown.
From the producer: Our property in Spain, in the wine region of La Mancha, is entirely organically farmed thanks to its geographical location and natural climatic conditions. Indeed, the property of 200 ha in one piece around the cellar makes the monitoring easier and it easier to react in the vineyard. It is located at an altitude of 750m which gives to our plants a natural protection against diseases and a reduction of insect populations.
As a result, we do not need to do a lot of treatments to protect the vine.
Also, Castillo de Aresan is the only property with 100% of its products in organic farming in the region.
In the spirit of our approach in Organic Farming, we wanted to take a step further at Castillo de Aresan for the natural environment and work in a vegan approach with 100% vegetable wines.
2017 Tempranillo, Fuego, La Mancha, Spain
We think this delicious Tempranillo is a bit of a bargain. It really shows off the sweet red fruit that the variety is known for, in particular raspberry and cherry. The palate has a softness that you'd expect from a hot climate wine, but it is still lifted by a nicely balanced acidity.
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon 'Bourbon Barrel Aged', Castillo de Aresan, La Mancha, Spain
What a revelation this wine is. The first wine on our shelves to be aged in ex Bourbon barrels, and the result is terrific. It's rich in currant and dark fruits, but added to this is a delicious layer of vanilla and cocoa. This sweet spice element is the perfect foil for Cabernet Sauvignon, so do not hesitate to give this wine a go, it's a cracker.
2018 Te Quiera Organic Red Blend, Vinos Más Buscados, La Mancha, Spain
Much of Spain's vineyards are devoted to the commercial grape varieties that we all know and love such as Tempranillo and Syrah, but there are also small plots of older, native varieties such as Graciano, Monastrell, Tinto Velasco that farmers have preserved out of a sense of pride or interest in their history to bring together lots of things that we "love" about Spain, from the dry grown bush vines seemingly being watered by magic, amongst the abundant saffron croci that are common across La Mancha. Today we recognise more and more the value of this diversity and the wealth of flavours of some of these older varieties when they come together in a blend.
Deep intense purple colour. Rich ripe, spiced and brambly fruit, pure and mouthfilling with round tannins, and a lively finish.
2017 Cabernet Franc, Castillo de Aresan, Castilla, Spain
A great expression of the Cabernet Franc grape, from a hotter climate than usual.
The warmth of central Spain takes away some of the greenness and high acidity that the grape is often known for, but ensures that the vibrant red fruit and dark cherry that the variety is known for is there in abundance. The result is a medium-bodied wine that has a nice roundness to it and is to be drunk when young and the fruit flavours are most prominent.