I’ve been enjoying a good run of Spanish whites of late.
Of course, Spain is best known for its reds. Increasingly, though, the whites have begun to impress. Here are a couple from The Wine Society with lots of interest, following on from the excellent Verd Albera I blogged on a few days ago.
Tomàs Cusiné Auzells 2010 Costers del Segre, Spain
12.5% alcohol. 41% Macabeu, 18% Chardonnay, 16% Sauvignon Blanc, 10 Müller Thurgau, 10% Albariño, 3% Riesling, 2% Moscatel. Very fresh, fruity and precise with bright grapefruit and herb notes. Nice pithy fruit on the palate with real presence. This is intense, crisp, balanced and bright. Very impressive. 90/100 (£10.50 The Wine Society) 07/11
Gaba do Xil Godello 2010 Valdeorras, Spain
13.5% alcohol. Made by celebrity winemaker Telmo Rodriguez, this comes from eastern Galicia, which means it’s the bit furthest from the sea, and thus a bit warmer. This is a fresh, fruit-driven white with nice intensity of pear and citrus fruit, some waxy hints and a bit of pear drop character. Very fruity and quite long. 89/100 (£9.25 The Wine Society) 07/11