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.