Has there ever been a more ideal time to consume Spanish wine? For many, Spain has always been synonymous with the dark-fruited, often lean, and aged red wines of Rioja, with the occasional foray west to Ribera del Duero, a case of Penedes from the east, and copious amounts of sherry. Rioja is dominant for numerous reasons. At the top end, venerable old wineries like Beronia, Cune and Muga, Via Tondonia and Marques de Murrieta produce perfumed, delicate wines that will last five decades or more; but even the vast commercial producers like Pernod-Campo Ricard’s Viejo (every corner shop in the United Kingdom is apparently required by law to stock it) are utterly dependable. All the wines listed here are of top quality, and can be bought from the comfort of your own home through various Spanish wine online Australia stores.
The wine selection in Spain is nearly limitless. Considering that Spain has been producing wine since Roman times, it is not surprising that there are so many options. However, not all Spanish wines can be categorized as “best Spanish wines,” so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best wines from the most important and representative DOs in each autonomous community so that you can have an idea of what to purchase when visiting Spain.
Asda Extra Special Albariño 2018
Intense and well-balanced throughout, a magnificent example of what this variety is capable of achieving. It has all of the traditional peach, honey, and wildflower notes, as well as juicy melons and refreshing citrus, with a hint of wax and mineral notes.
Garnacha is frequently referred to as one of the world’s oldest and most widely planted grape varieties. Although it is cultivated in France (Grenache), Italy, and the New World, this dark-skinned grape is believed to have originated in eastern Spain (probably Aragon), where the climate is hot and dry.
Bodegas Arzuaga Pago Florentino
Spices with a smoky aroma, dark fruits, and olive paste all combine harmoniously with new oak. The concentrated, complex palate has a luscious mouthfeel, lovely integration, and a wonderful pepper and warm-spice element in the very long finish.
Faustino I Gran Reserva
This exquisitely crafted wine is smooth, assertive, youthful, and authoritative. Combining strawberry and plum with chocolate, vanilla, and floral notes. Fresh, fruity, and layered, with a lengthy, intricate finish. A wine that is absolutely complete.
Tempranillo is a red grape variety that is indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula. Although it is grown in other countries, Tempranillo is best known as the principal grape in the traditional Rioja blend. The wines made from Tempranillo are typically full-bodied and high in tannins, with flavors ranging from ripe red and dark berries, leather, and tobacco; aging in French or American oak contributes to the development of characteristic vanilla and spice notes.
Legaris Moradillo de Roa
This is a wonderful example of a very elegantly crafted wine, with notes of cassis, dark fruits, plums, and wood spices. Tannins are firm but fine and well-integrated, and there are indications of fine oak use.