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The Flavours of Italy, Spain and Portugal Explore Dozen Case
Bobal was traditionally used to add colour and velvety texture to blends but its wild, spicy personality and succulent fruit deserve a starring role. From high-altitude vineyards near Valencia in Spain, this is one for tender spring lamb.
Altitude is key to the freshness in this verdelho-viosinho blend from the hot, dry Douro Superior in Portugal. Barrel-fermented and matured in French oak for six months, this has a lovely oak sweetness that complements fresh stone fruits and the fine seam of acidity which cleanses the palate.
Youthful blend of Douro grape varieties, with dark brambly fruit and a rich, ripe palate. Glides perfectly from main course to cheese.
An grape that is local to Alto Adige, this medium-bodied Italian red has an inky violets and black-fruit nose, bright acidity and well integrated tannins supporting the blackberry and savoury bresaola flavours that develop on the finish.
The marzemino grape is native to southern Trentino in the far north of Italy, thriving on the slopes of the Dolomite mountains. There are pomegranate, tea, and tart red fruit flavours on this well balanced medium-bodied and refreshing red. A black pepper note on the finish makes this even more intriguing.
From an old property restored by winemaking giant Sogrape Vinhos and made from the traditional white grape arinto, whose life-affirming acidity carries the delicate green-apple and white floral perfume and flavour long on the palate.
A vivid expression of touriga nacional, with its purple colour and heady floral perfume. the Silva family vinify this without oak to allow fruit and vineyard to shine, and recommend this red with fine local cheese, Serra da Estrela.
Falanghina is one of Italy's many native grape varieties that we feel shouldn't be left under the radar! With tangy clementine and peach flavours, this is a lovely crisp, dry and expressive wine to add to your selection.
Albana is almost uniquely planted in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, gaining DOCG status in 1987. Here picked a little later, the grapes have developed a full, creamy style, with intense peach and apricot flavours that last well on the dry, refreshing finish.
Top Spanish winemaker Tomàs Cusiné crafts this deeply coloured, powerful tempranillo-syrah blend from his vineyards in Catalunya. Brimming with blueberry fruit and chunky in texture, this is delicious.
An elegant, subtle Spanish white made from a mix of macabeu, albariño, chardonnay, sauvignon and riesling. Bright and refreshing with delightful flavours of apple and peach.