I love it when I find a really nice wine at an everyday sort of price. This fits the bill: a Catalan white wine from Coca i Fitó in Terra Alta, and it’s mainly Grenache Blanc. I really like Grenache Blanc and Gris – these varieties just seem to do so well in warm-ish climates. Old vines (50-70 years) and limestone/sandy soils have produced a really delicious white, which has spent three months on its lees.
The wine is made by Toni and Miquel Coca i Fitó, who grew up on the family vineyard in Alt Penedès. They started their own project in 2006. Toni’s background is consultant winemaker; Miquel was trained as a professional chef and looks after the commercial side of things.
Coca i Fitó Jaspi Blanc 2013 Terra Alta, Spain
13.5% alcohol. 70% Grenache Blanc and 30% Macabeo. This is a lovely rich unoaked white wine with white peach, ripe pear and spice notes as well as some floral honeysuckle notes. Fresh but with some richness, this shows lovely balance. It has a nicely mineral texture and more complexity than you’ve any right to expect at this price. 91/100 (£8.95 The Wine Society)