Quality at the right price

05 March, 2010

Producers and importers are showing “a real determination to maintain Spain’s advantage in a challenging market without compromising quality”, according to Wines from Spain, with 65% of the wines at this year’s tasting retailing for under £10.

Taking centre stage will be the Grandes Pagos de España – a group of 21 single estates that will present a tutored tasting. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For those wanting a quick overview of the fair, Fast Track to Spain is the ideal place to start, with one wine from every exhibitor on display. The informal, self-pouring table aims to demonstrate “the diversity of this year’s offering”, says the generic body, and will include wines that are not yet available in the UK.

Bottle Green will be showing the re

aunched Campaneo range from Bodegas Aragonesas in Campo de Borja. Look out for 2006 Fagus made from 50-year-old Garnacha vines, and a host of organic wines from Rioja and La Mancha.

The first Sauvignon Blanc produced in Navarra – Orchidea 2009 from Bodegas Inurrieta – will be unveiled by C&D Wines, along with Moscatel de Malaga from Jorge Ordoñez, and new-look packaging for Palacio de Bornos Verdejo from Rueda and Otoñal Tinto Rioja from Bodegas Olarra.

Ehrmanns has split its stand this year. The first section is dedicated to wines exclusive to independents and the on-trade, including the latest releases from Ehrmann’s core ranges such as Paternina Clisos Reserva – a 100% Tempranillo from old vines located in Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta – and organic Tempranillo Banda Verde 2006. The grocery and multiples section will include wines from Marqués de Calatrava, Carta Roja and Castillo de Manzanares. Winemaker Inmaculada Perez from Viniberia will be on hand to answer questions, along with Ehrmanns’ chairman Peter Dauthieu.

Bodegas Hidalgo? – La Gitana will reveal revamped packaging for its range of age?-classified sherries, which includes newcomer Pedro Ximénez Triana VORS. A bird of prey motif features prominently on the new 50cl bottle to reflect the family’s pledge to contribute money to the Conservation of the Spanish Imperial Eagle project.

Grupo Codorníu will be presenting 10 wine brands from across six regions. From Rioja’s Bodegas Bilbaínas is the Viña Pomal range, which includes the new Centenario Crianza 2006.

Available to taste at the Indigo Wine stand will be Lobban Wines’ La Pamelita, which winemaker Pamela Geddes claims is Spain’s only sparkling red wine, and some “weird and wonderful” rare grape varieties from Quinta da Muradella, including Bastardo, Caíño Redondo and Sousón.

Try Berberana’s new sparkling brut and rosado wines at United Wineries’ stand, as well as having a sneak preview of Marqués de Monistrol’s new single vineyard cava blend, Clos Cusco.

Winemaker Norrel Robertson MW will be presenting what he says is “the best of both classic and modern Spain” at the Guy Anderson Wines table. In the classic corner is the Anciano brand, which includes a Crianza for the first time. Wines in the modern camp, include Church Mouse? – a Mazuelo/Shiraz/Tempanillo blend.

Highlights for Burridges of Arlington St include the newly released Castillo de Almansa Coleccion White 2009, made from a blend of Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc, and a 100% Syrah, Valcanto 2008.

Myliko Wines will be unveiling a new selection from Bodegas Lozano, which includes single varieties made from international grape varieties under the Añoranza label, blends made from international and domestic varieties under the Costa Azul label, and Reserve wines from Marqués de Toledo. The Clearly Organic range from Granduc in La Mancha and Garci Grande in Rueda will also be on taste.

Don’t miss Grupo Faustino’s special anniversary release of its signature Gran Reserva from the 2001 vintage on Cellar Trend’s stand. The wine has been made to celebrate the 75th birthday of Faustino’s owner Don Julio Faustino Martínez using grapes from small?-yield vineyards in the upper part of Rioja Alavesa (rrp £19.99).

Bibendum has strengthened its Spanish portfolio with two new agencies which will make their debuts; Bodegas Tabula in Ribera del Duero, whose offering includes Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Damana 5, and Verdejo specialist Agricola Castellana in Rueda.

10 International, the UK agent for Faustino Rivero, has launched a new five-strong range of wines aimed at the off-trade, including an unoaked Tempranillo, a white Rioja and the first ever off-dry rosado. Each wine has a coloured label that corresponds with its name?.

Highlights for Thierry’s include the launch of Pleyades Reserva, a Mazuela/Garnacha/Syrah blend, and a selection of rosados from Valencia, Cariñena and Navarra, including the 2009 vintage of El Prado Tempranillo.

PLB will show wines from new agency Bodegas Ochoa including a limited release 100% Graciano (rrp £12.99) and its flagship Gran Reserva (£20.99). It will also present Campo Rojo – an off-trade?-focused brand produced by GVV in Cariñena which includes a Crianza (£4.99), Reserva (£5.99) and Gran Reserva (£7.99).

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