Spanish Whites....

With the mercury rising today & tomorrow of course the usual Provence Rosé suspects apply and indeed we even have Magnums of Château St-Baillon in the fridge in anticipation. However, my weekly rant begins not with thinking pink but with Spain and a fabulous summer white that I tried just yesterday. From the Penedès region, just abutting Barcelona, this deft white from a Family Estate since 1497 is a real delight.


Raventós I Blanc “Silencis” 2013 Sant Sadurní D’Anoia, Penedès at £ 15.00 per Bottle (£ 16.00 on the shelf)

The grape, of which you might well have had but I’d hazard to guess, not knowingly so! - Xarel-lo.

This has a real citrus zest but also a very saline quality. A lively, engaging summer white but ultimately nicely in check and sensible at 12% abv.


The Family also make a wonderful de-classified Cava. Quite rightly too posh for Cava. Soft, gentle mouth texture and what I struggle most with Cava, aside of a shortness in the finish, is an unmistakable aftertaste, one which I am not enamoured with. This however possess neither of those two faults. If you want something close to a tenner below our terrific Premier Cru Champagne then I am finally happy to say, this is a more than presentable example.


Raventós I Blanc “L’Hereu” 2011 Conca Del Riu Anoia,  Penedès at £ 16.00 per Bottle

50 year old vines of Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parallado.



Both in stock at the shop.




Going Loco…


Later today I will be doing some local deliveries – almost as far north as the old Harrow Road and thus far, as south as the V.& A. en Sud Kensington. Therefore any urgent needs we can easily wing out local deliveries to you this p.m.




Weekly indulgence:


One of very best names in Australian winemaking is Torbreck from the Barossa. Their best offerings scaling the giddy heights of £ 700 or so per Bottle. The Torbreck “Struie”, not a giveaway at £ 49.00 but nonetheless a comparative bargain and bear in mind this is a 2004 which for Australia is A) one of their greatest ever Vintages and B) positively pre-historic in terms of bottle-age, the Country with the shortest shelf life for selling wines – I once even heard 2 weeks on average! This will run another 10-15 years in the confines of a good cellar but 10 years now is nigh on perfection.



Torbreck “The Struie” 2004 Barossa Valley & Eden Valley at £ 49.00 per Bottle

Robert Parker – 96/100 pints

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