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Sip your way along the Camino to Santiago

The Camino de Santiago Case Offer takes you along The Pilgrims Way or the Way of St James, through some of Spain’s most exciting wine areas. This Case Offer lets you discover these in a slightly less energetic way, than walking its 500 miles!

The first major wine area on this route is Rioja, represented in a lightly-oaked white and a delicious red Crianza, The next stop is Ribera del Duero with the top wine in this Case Offer, a deep, savoury, complex red with creamy oak and great length. Our next stop is Bierzo with a brilliant Godello (white) and Mencía (red) from the terrific, high quality Merayo. Finally, we arrive in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, which is Albariño country.  this is a great way of Discover six distinctive and delicious wines

 

Lopez de Haro Blanco 2019  DOCa Rioja [1bottle]

Classic white Rioja, with aromas of pears, apples and herbs together with a hint of honeyed oak. The flavours combine greengage, melon, pear with just a hint of vanilla and butter notes; it finishes with a light citrus uplift. A well-balanced and attractive dry, lightly rounded, yet fresh white wine.

It has had three months ageing in French oak barrels. Bodegas Classica work closely with a network of small scale vine growers, providing grapes from mature vineyards across Rioja Alta, ensuring consistently high quality of grapes; the wine is made by Octavio Madurga.

Urbina Crianza 2012  DOCa Rioja [1 bottle]

92 Points Tim Atkin MW Special Rioja Report 2021

This is what mature Rioja is all about. A smooth, elegant wine in perfect balance. Intense strawberry, blackberry and light balsamic aromas with refined vanilla notes that immediately appeal. It has complex, black and red fruit flavours and some firm tannins in the background which means it will age well.  It is smooth and savoury with excellent length.

“Showing sweetness and lightness of touch that are the hallmarks of this bodega’s reds…. palate-caressing tannins and a balsamic flourish” Tim Atkin MW  From a family-run, Single Estate, whose 75 hectares of vineyards have been in the family for four generations. This wine will be drinking well until 2024 at least, but it is delicious now.

Cuvée de Cair 2016/17  DO Ribera del Duero  [1 bottle]

Tempranillo is blended with a touch of Merlot and aged in oak for 9 months. The result is complex, layered aromas of black fruits, chocolate and mocha coupled with a rich, intense, highly structured palate of savoury black fruit with creamy oak notes and excellent length. It has a beautiful balance of tannins and fruit.

Dominio de Cair is run by Luis Cañas from Rioja. Here, at an altitude between 800 to 950 metres, they have 85 hectares of vines, planted on chalky-clay, sandy and gravel soils. The average age of the vines is 25 – 30 years and are deliberately controlled to produce lower yields and increase the quality and flavours in the grapes. The grapes are hand harvested and placed in small containers, which are taken direct to the winery where they pass through two tables where they are hand-sorted to ensure only the very best grapes go into the fermentation tanks.

The oak barrels used to age this wine for 9 months are 60% French oak and 40% American oak and they are aged between 1 and 3 years. The quality of the grapes grown at this altitude, the attention to detail in the winery and the quality of the oak barrels all contribute to produce a very high quality wine; a real treat. Retails in some Independents £16.99.

Merayo Godello 2019/20   DO Bierzo [1 bottle]

Pedro Merayo is a small family-producer whose scenic vineyards are right on the Pilgrims Way and give you a great view of the many hikers on the trail! This is one of Spain’s almost hidden secret white; Jancis Robinson MW waxes lyrical about this variety!

This dry white has pronounced but subtle nectarine, greengage and apple aromas with citrus and fennel hints. The flavours are layered and complex, ranging from nectarine, white peach to hints of pears and there is definite minerality here. It has a lovely full palate with a sensation of freshness, an excellent mouthfeel, terrific length with harmonious balance.

The grapes for this wine come from old bush vines and following fermentation in stainless steel it has been aged “sur lie” for four months before bottling. Older vines produce a lower yield of grapes with great concentration, which makes for more complex wines; only 25,000 bottles of this wine are produced annually.

Merayo Mencia 2019/20  DO Bierzo  [1 bottle]

(91 points Penin Guide: Independent wine guide in Spain)

Made from the lovely Mencia grape with aromas of cherries and smooth, cherry fruit and spice flavours. It is a flavoursome, savoury red with good length. Pedro Merayo has 25 hectares of well established and immaculate vineyards, which includes 80 – 100 year old bush vine Mencia. This Mencia has some grapes from mature vines as well as from 10 year old trellised vines.

This young red has been aged “sur lie” for six months before bottling and is a terrific example of the lovely medium bodied, refined wines this grape can produce. Similar to Cabernet Franc with a bit more substance; it has been described as the Pinot Noir of Spain and is definitely worth discovering.

Laxas Albariño 2019   DO Rias Baixas [1 bottle]

Bodegas As Laxas is a family-run estate producing this excellent Laxas Albariño. Intense layers of apricot, peach, and pear aromas leap out of the glass. It has full flavours which combine tropical and zesty fruits of pineapples, melons, grapefruit, pears and citrus with a touch of minerality. It has a touch of glyceric fullness which gives it a lovely silky mouthfeel and great depth of flavour. It is structured and elegant at the same time with a long finish.

Laxas Albariño 2018 won a Decanter Silver Medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2019; at 94 points it was just off winning a Gold Medal; this vintage is just as good. The DO is located just to South West of Santiago de Compostela and As Laxas vineyards are over 30 years old on south-facing granite terraces, where they benefit from the influence of the Atlantic and the long hours of sunshine from this inland area of Rias Baixas. Once you have completed your arduous travel along the Camino you can reward yourself with a glass of Albariño in one of the many Tapas Bars in Santiago de Compostela!