Beyond Rioja

14 May, 2010

Oscar Urrutia, export manager for CVNE, is joining the Hatch Mansfield team to show the group’s entire portfolio. This established Rioja name moves with the times as witnessed by the decision to seal Cune Crianza with a screwcap closure. Also on show will be the Imperial, Viña Real and Contino wines, as well as top offerings Pagos de Viña Real and Real de Asúa. Stand P35??The renamed Rhône to Rioja (the combined business of Vinites and Rhône UK) will show an eclectic selection of Spanish wines. Highlights include the new arrival from Mas Oller in DO Empordà, Riojas from Zinio and Señorio de Unuela, and Irene Allemany’s boutique Penedès wines – Sot Lefriec and Pas Curtei. Looking for some of the best sherries around? Don’t miss the La Bota sherries from Equipo Navazos which are blended from wines sourced from top producers in Jerez. Stand F1?United Wineries is rolling out the new Berberana brut and rosé sparklers, while new arrivals under its Dragon label include 25cl cans of Pink and White Dragon, the Garnacha Reserva Clasico 1877 and Green Dragon Organic bag-in-box Monastrell.

Also on show will be the Hacienda Abascal wines from Ribera del Duero and the Durius All Natural range which hails from DO Arribes at the western tip of the Duero Valley. A vertical tasting of Durius Magister and Durius Syrah will be offered to show how non-indigenous grape varieties have adapted to the region.

The cavas of Marqués de Monistrol, including the single vineyard Clos Cusco, complete the line-up. Stand K22??10 International has recently teamed up with Rioja producer Faustino Rivero. Five wines will be on show including an off-dry rosado and an unoaked Tempranillo.

Alongside will be the wines of Navarra’s Bodegas Julián Chivite which has recently joined 10 International. Chivite’s Gran Feudo range will be on show including the vintage Rosado 2009 in a vibrant new guise. Stands Q31/Q32?Two new wines from the Legaris Winery, part of Grupo Codorníu, will be unveiled at the show. Legaris Joven Roble 2009 is a young red Ribera del Duero wine aged in oak for just three months. Its style and contemporary label are expected to appeal to younger wine consumers (rrp £7.99). Legaris Rueda Verdejo is made from old (Verdejo) bush vines and a splash of Sauvignon Blanc. Sealed with a screwcap to preserve its aromas and freshness, it is set to retail for £7.49.

Codorníu will also show its range of cava, including the new Clasico Rosado Brut. cava winemaker Bruno Colmer Martí will be present along with Mark Nairn, winemaker for Raimat, Diego Pinilla Navarro, winemaker for Viña Pomal (Rioja) and Arthur O’Connor, group director of winemaking. Stand Q35??Long-established Rioja house Carlos Serres will be showing a range of contemporary and traditional wines from the region. The selection will include young, fruit-driven wines – Carlos Serres Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva – as well as an old vines Tempranillo and two special edition wines – Onomástica Reserva 2004 and Onomástica Blanco Reserva 2006. Stand S40/13??Elena Adell, chief winemaker for Campo Viejo, is joining the Pernod Ricard team to show the brand’s new Tempranillo. The wine, which is described as a modern take on Tempranillo, is a blend of 93% Tempranillo and 7% Garnacha sourced from “premium parcels” across the region. Stand K52/L50??Mariana Herlin will show the Spanish wines from Bodegas O Fournier in Ribera del Duero – Spiga 2005 and Urban Ribera 2007 – which are represented by Seckfords Agencies. Stand G3??Boutinot will show trophy-winning wines from the 2009 New Wave Spanish Wine Awards: Naiades from Bodegas Naia in Rueda and Antique Palo Cortado from sherry producer Fernando de Castilla.

Spanish wines with organic credentials will form a major part of the line-up – look out for Bodegas Artesa, Honoro Vera from Bodegas Juan Gil and Fuenteseca from Bodega Sierra Norte in Utiel-Requena. Finally, don’t miss Mitico Old Vines Garnacha from Bodegas Borsao which is making its debut. This wine has been produced from 40-year-old bush vines located at the foot of the Moncayo Mountain in Campo de Borja, one of Spain’s best sources of fine Garnacha. Described as a “richly flavoured, spicy red”, Mitico is aged in oak for four months and has a price tag of around £6. Stand K32??LIWF regular Marqués de Cáceres has one of the most diverse ranges of any Rioja producer, with a choice of three whites, a rosé and reds culminating in the top MC wine. Satinela, the producer’s medium-sweet wine, has a vibrant new look. Stand Q40/Q50? ?Bodegas Murviedro and Buckingham Schenk will be showing new wines from the Valencia region. Eko is made from Monastrell, and Iris de Murviedro is a Tempranillo/Garnacha blend which weighs in at just 10% abv. Stand R72??Bibendum has teamed up with Bodegas Tabula in Ribera del Duero and will show two of its wines – Damana 5 2008 and Tabula 2005 – at the LIWF for the first time. Another new wine not to miss is Els Pyreneus Altas de Ruesca Garnacha Rosado from DO Empordà, bordering France, and made by Jean-Marc Lafage. Stand L30??Felix Solis Avantis will be showing the Viña Albali range as well as the new Castillo de Albai Reserva, produced from the fruits of older vineyards in the Rioja Alta, and a new Toro wine – Finca la Meda Roble. Stand M60??With summer drinking in mind, Bodegas Torres will show De Casta Rosado 2009 and the white Torres Viña Sol. The 2006 vintage of the producer’s top wine – the single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Mas La Plana from Penedès – also makes its debut.

From Rioja comes the second vintage of Ibéricos (2007) and alongside will be Celeste 2007 from Ribera del Duero and the Salmos 2007 from Priorat.

The wines from the Jean Leon winery, owned by Torres since 1994, offer an ideal choice for the independent retailer. The selection will include the 2009 vintage Terrasola white and reds, Reserve Chardonnay 2007, Reserve Merlot 2006 and Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2000. Join Joan Ramon Casals, Torres area manager for the UK market, and the Fells team on stand P15.

Bottle Green’s Spanish wine selection will feature a number of new developments as well as award-winning favourites. Barón de Ley’s 7 Viñas Rioja Reserva, an original blend of seven traditional red and white grapes made by Gonzalo Rodríguez, will be on show.

The 2004 vintage scooped an IWC Gold medal in 2009. This wine will be shown alongside its sibling, Barón de

ey Reserva 2001, and the Spanish group’s Finca Museum wine from the up-and-coming Cigales DO in the Duero Valley.

Moving to Campo de Borja, the Campaneo range from Bodegas Aragonesas has a new look. Don’t miss the 2006 Fagus which is made from 50-year-old Garnacha vines and aged in French oak. Looking for Spanish organic wines? Check out Bottle Green’s selection from Rioja and La Mancha. It’s all on stand L70??Moreno’s latest find from Galicia is Viña Mein from DO Ribeiro. This original white is based on the local grape Treixadura together with Godello, Loureiro, Albariño, Torrontés and Albillia. It joins Albariño do Ferreiro from the Rías Baixas, Terra do Gargalo from Monterrei and Txomin Etxaniz Chacolí de Getaria.

For reds, Moreno has ventured to southern Montilla for the contemporary Camino Alto Vino de la Tierra de Cordoba, a Tempranillo wine promising “amazing value”. A new Cariñena/Garnacha wine under the Saulo label from DO Empordà in the north east also makes its debut.

Finally, Quinta Sardonia from Ribera del Duero and part-owned by Peter Sisseck, has also joined Moreno’s portfolio. Stand L12??Spanish minstrel Placido (no, not that Placido) will be setting the mood with a song or two on Cellar Trends stand for Grupo Faustino’s wines and it’s a significant year for the seven-strong winery group.

Celebratory wine Faustino I Gran Reserva 75 Aniversario Edición Especial marks the 75th birthday of Faustino’s owner Don Julio Martínez. It is made using fruit from 2001 – one of the best years?of the past decade in?Rioja – as well as low-yielding Tempranillo and Graciano vines in the Alavesa sub-region.

Other Rioja wines not to be missed here are Campanillo Gran Reserva 1995, winner of the Rioja Trophy in the IWC in 2009 and Marqués de Vitoria Ecco 2009, Grupo Faustino’s first organic Rioja.

Portia, Faustino’s new winery in Ribera del Duero and designed by Sir Norman Foster opens this year. Three wines will be on show from the winery: Portia 2006 and 2007 and the new young wine – Ebeia 2009. Stand Q37??Six bodegas from the Rioja Alavesa will promote their wines on a stand supported by the Basque government. They are: Bodegas Larchago, Heredad Ugarte, Bodegas Heredad de Aduna, Bodegas Fos, Bodegas Valdelana and Bodegas Valdemar. Stand T50/T60??Cava for Ehrmanns: Juve & Camps, a premium cava producer, has teamed up with Ehrmanns and its core range of sparklers is expected to appeal to independent retailers. Stand J35?González Byass will show three new wines from the 2009 vintage. The group’s Rioja bodega, Beronia, has released a “deliciously dry and fruity” Tempranillo Rosado and the La Miranda de Secastilla Garnacha Blanca white from Viñas del Vero in Somontano shows why this grape is well worth looking at.

ooking for a modern Tempranillo? Try the youthful Finca Constancia Tempranillo from the estate of the same name and with Vino de la Tierra de Castilla status. The producer’s full range of sherries will also be on show ranging from familiar names – Tio Pepe and Croft – to Rare Old Solera sherries: Del Duque, Apostoles, Matusalem and Noe. Stand M50??Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana will show its range of VORS styles – sherries aged for over 30 years – on Mentzendoff’s stand G72?Try the premium cava trio from Freixenet: Elyssia, Elyssia Pinot Noir and Elyssia Gran Cuvée which was released in October 2009. Looking for a Spanish white with a difference? Take a look at Bocarribeira (Treixadura, Torrontés and Godello) from the Ribeiro DO, while reds such as Heredad Torresano Crianza, a Tempranillo from DO Vinos de Madrid, and Nauta Crianza 2005 Monastrell from DO Alicante show that there’s far more to Spain than Rioja. Stand T40??Primitivo Gurpegui, who heads up Bodegas Luis Gurpegui Muga, will launch his new wine Nueva Generación, a new-wave fruit-forward Rioja. The wine is targeted at Spanish wine lovers who are looking for a straightforward, accessible style. Stand F6

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