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Soft, fruity and easy-drinking white made from Spain's very own macabeo (aka viura) grape. This has a light touch with no oak to mask the clean white-fruit flavours.
Product Code: QVT-SP15581
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Formed in 1954, Bodega Virgen de la Sierra was one of the first co-operatives in the Aragón region, situated towards the north-east of Spain. The co-op is located within the Calatayud appellation, around 100km south-east of Rioja, on the outskirts of the village of Villaroya de la Sierra.Many of the company’s vineyards can be found high in the hills above this village, at an altitude of between 700-1100m. The bodega’s name is a nod to its location in the Sierra de la Virgen mountain range, which in turn gets its name from a shrine to the Virgin Mary that can be found around 22km north of the village. The path of pilgrimage to this shrine runs through the vineyards, and is marked with stone crosses. It is for this region the bodega named its main wine range Cruz de Piedra: this phrase means ‘stone crosses’ in Spanish. The soils in this area are stony, loose and very poor in nutrients, so the vine roots must dig deep to find the water and nutrients they desire during the hot, dry summers. Most of the bodega’s vines are grown on red clay with a high iron content, giving wines that are full of flavour.These conditions have proven ideal for garnacha. One of the main reasons this bodega creates such excellent-value wines is because of the age of their vines: 80% of its garnacha is between 50 and 100 years old, whereas the other main grape variety they cultivate, macabeo, is grown on vines with an average age of 60 years. After experimentation with various varieties, the co-op now also grows small amounts of tempranillo and syrah, which also work well in these conditions.Once harvested, the grapes are transported to the cellars, which have been managed by winemaker Manuel Castro since 2004. These cellars can hold 3.9 million litres, but the co-op also has separate buildings for bottling and storage. The winery is kitted out with modern technology and concrete tanks, and the Cruz de Piedra wines are cool-fermented and don’t see any oak in order to preserve the grapes’ lip-smacking fruit character.
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Miss Rosalind Guest (16-Mar-2020)
"Light, dry, fruity, tasty. A delight at the price. Will order again."
Mr David Griffith (01-Mar-2020)
"Not a lot of taste, very pale, very dry. Lemony and slightly metallic after taste. Not one for drinking without food but okay at the price."
Mr Martin Kirby (26-Jan-2020)
"A delightful fresh, crisp white with a hint of citrus and herbs.
Brilliant as an aperitif.
Great value and just loved it.
Reordered today ...this is a pre dinner delight."
Mr David A Murdoch (27-Jul-2019)
"Very pleasant light drinking. Crisp and not too dry. Good value and would recommend."
Mr John Bentley (22-Dec-2018)
Mr Piers Beckley (19-Sep-2018)
"Colour: Pale straw yellow with a silver edge.
Aroma: Good intensity, flowers, lime, apple and ripe banana.
Taste: Dry, light and crisp with refreshing acidity. Not a whole lot of flavour, just a subtle banana note and the medium length finish is strange and not very pleasant.
Overall: A nice wine, easy-drinking and perfect for a hot day. My only criticism is the odd metallic finish. But for the price this wine delivers and is well worth trying."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (25-Jun-2017)
"Liked this very much. Surprised when I looked it up that it was a £5 bottle! Very good value with perhaps a slight sweetness."
Mr Adrian Chaffey (29-Jul-2017)
"pear, lemon pith with harsh notes that did not mellow on its second day; a pity, but at the price, you win some - you lose some"
Mrs Elisabeth Pearce (28-Dec-2016)
"Much fruitier than the description had led me to think, and sharper rather than gentle, in my opinion.
Mr Addam Merali-Hosiene (11-Dec-2016)
"This is the first wine we've ordered from The Wine Society and we love it! Clean, refreshing, and tasty with a hint of banana and lemon. Definitely re-ordering this one."
Miss Heidi Daugherty (27-Oct-2016)
Mr Alex Downham (16-Oct-2016)
"Lovely soft wine with a spicy cinnamon finish."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (27-Apr-2016)
"This was just the thing for a sunny Saturday lunch with manchego, cold meats, falafel and other bitties. Good body, very easy to drink, great price. Will buy it again."
Mr Ian Oddie (03-Oct-2015)
"I did not enjoy this wine at all acidity being the dominant characteristic. I will definitely not reorder this wine."
Revd Maurice Stanton-Saringer (22-Nov-2014)
"A very enjoyable wine."
Mr Donald Beaton (17-Nov-2014)
"Very floral and citrusy, excellent paired with shellfish."
Mr Lawrence Bowles (17-Jun-2014)
"Extremely pleasant wine, lemon zest and daisies with a nice smooth body to it. Had it with some roast chicken and gnocchi; went beautifully! Outstanding value for the price."
Mr Lawrence Wiseman (03-Feb-2014)
"Found this disappointing, lacking in real flavour and depth, with very short legs and an almost metallic taste. There was little subtlety and even for the cheap price, it wasn't worth the money.
Mr Dan Peachey (15-Feb-2012)
"Very pleasant, lemony, light, fruity aroma, easy drinking style. Cheap as chips and great value for money at this price!"
Mr Andrew Myers (07-Sep-2011)
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