Bodegas Luis Pérez

My wife and I found this gem of a Bodega in the heart of the Sherry area in Jerez de la Frontera but this time it wasn’t sherry we were tasting but some beautifully made wines including a white made from the plentiful Palomino grape and reds made from the local Tintilla de Rota grape (100%) their prestigious Petit Verdot (100%),  also some blends featuring Petit Verdot, Merlot, Tempranillo and Syrah and last but not least their rather nice Provence style Rosé.

The location was stunning with its rolling hills and white chalky limestone soil with 14 hectares of vineyard and a winery which mixes old and traditional with sleek and modern.

A short introduction taken from their website…..With the purpose if revitalizing the viniculture vocation of the Jerez wine-growing area, that has been producing high-quality wines of different varieties during more than three millenniums, Luis Pérez Rodríguez, professor in Food Technology by the University of Cádiz, awarded with The Gold Medal of Merit in the Oenological Investigation, started a family project in 2002, with the acquisition of a country estate named “Finca Vistahermosa” in the heart of the Jerez vineyards, over the high hill of the “Corchuelo” property. 
The vineyard covers an area of 14 hectares and it is located at the plot of land named “Pago del Corchuelo”, in the heart of the Sherry area, over the hill with the same name. Its altitude offers amazing views over the countryside of Jerez and some areas of the Coast, which allow the _ow of maritime winds, reaching in this way a specific microclimate.
The Grape Varieties (Syrah, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon) and their patterns have been strategically chosen. The methods to drive the wine-growing are carried out under an integrated system, which tends to ecological preservation and control of the production, with the minimum but wise human intervention. All this effort is directed to produce high quality Signature Wines (Author Wines).

On a beautifully hot day we took the short taxi journey from our hotel to the winery where on entering the long road from the entrance the car threw up clouds of dust from the sun-baked soil as we wound our way through the rows of vines to the Bodega with excited anticipation.
On arrival we were warmly greeted by our host and guide Roberto and we were surprised to find that it was just the two of us on the tour. Roberto seemed genuinely pleased to see us and started telling us about the history of the vineyard while gently strolling around the gardens and vines for about an hour and a half. His passion was evident as he answered all our questions with enthusiasm and knowledge.

Grape Graveyard

Whilst walking around we came to an area where they discard the  unwanted  grapes etc during harvest and production, let me tell you the smell was intoxicating.

Next Roberto showed us around the actual winery itself, where state of the art equipment along with traditional are used in making their wines. After the tour the best part, tasting some of their wines.

 

 

We were shown to the tasting room where a selection of wines were prepared for us along with some tasty Tapas including a generous selection of local cheeses, Iberico ham and some delicious pork.

The first wine we tasted was El Muelle de Olaso made with 100% Palomino (the sherry grape) the was bright and very fresh, minerally and hardly any acid, flavours of lemon with hints of peach  and very drinkable with a long finish, paired very nicely with some local Goats cheese.

The next two were reds, the first Tintilla made with 100% Tintilla de Rota (also grape native to the sherry region) and virtually identical to Graciano. This was very aromatic full of dark red fruits, prunes and caramelised orange peel. touch of acidity and pronounced tannins, very unusual and very nice.

Now my favourite, the excellent Samaruco made with 40% Petit Verdot 30% Merlot and 30% Syrah. Deep inky black in colour with a nose of dark cherries, vanilla and dark chocolate. Taste wise, velvety smooth and powerful with noticeable tannins and very chocolatey. Flavour stayed in the mouth long after I swallowed it, this really was excellent, especially with the Iberico ham.

Strangely they served the Rosé last, the Marismilla Tintilla Rosado made with Graciano was a lovely end to the tasting, Aromas of strawberries and peach, tasting of strawberries and cream and very Provence in Style.

All the wines were reasonably priced but they did have a 100% Petit Verdot that we didn’t try, would have loved to but at around €40 a bottle, maybe not ! although we did bring buy a bottle of the El Muelle and the stunning Samaruco which survived the journey home in the suitcase.

This tour was probably the highlight of a fantastic holiday to the Jerez and the Sherry region of Spain, the guys at Luis Perez Bodega made us feel special and I would heartily recommend a visit if you’re in the area, for €15 each it’s money very well spent.

 

My Rating 8.5/10 Corks

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Wines from Spain Trade Fair 2016

wines of spain logoI was asked recently to attend the ‘Wines from Spain’ Trade fair as a representative of Mid Week Wines a review site run by Brian Elliott, wine taster, judge and writer based in Scotland.

As anybody who has read my site knows I love Spanish wines, in fact I love most things Spanish, so when asked to do this tasting I jumped at the chance.

The event was held in Tobacco Dock, Wapping , London. This venue as the name implies was built-in the early 19th Century as a secure bonded warehouse for the receipt and storage of Tobacco from the new world. It was relaunched in 2012 as an events venue.

After arriving I made my way to a self pour tasting room called the ‘New Spanish Benchmarks’ with a selection of varieties and styles that make up the next generation of Spanish wines and the new ‘face’ of Spain.

Tobacco Dock
Tobacco Dock, Wapping , London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I entered there was only a handful of tasters in the room with around 45 wines from the ‘Spanish Benchmarks ‘ and another 60 or so from ‘Indie & On-trade star buys’. Feeling a little self conscious as there was amongst others Steven Spurrier ( British wine expert & one of the most influential wine commentators in the world)  and Sarah Jane Evans MW & Journalist busy tasting away, I did feel a little surreal tasting next to these experts. Adding to my anxiety you could hear a pin drop and I was praying I didn’t drop a glass or even worse knock over a bottle. Anyway as soon as I tasted the first wine my inhibitions drifted away and I was lost in an array of fabulous wines in which I will highlight a few later.

Next up was food and we were treated to a lunch menu especially created by Michelin Star chef Iberica kitchen 2Iberica Kitchen 1Nacho Manzano in the ‘Iberica’s Kitchen’ room. There was a dish called Fabada which was a rich Bean stew with Chorizo, Morcilla (spanish black pudding) & ham also accompanied by some Pata Negra Spanish Ham, spicy Chorizo slices and cheese.

There was also a free bar which had a lovely selection of wines in which I chose a Vina Ardanza Rioja Reserva 2007 to accompany the delicious food.

Suitably refreshed and fed I made my way to the the main Tasting hall in which one of my briefs was to taste Cava’s made with Champagne grapes either on their own or mixed in with the traditional Macabeo, Parellada & Xarel-lo. Again the selection was fantastic and I will pick out a few of note further down.

1To say I was like a kid in a sweet shop was an understatement and spent the rest of the afternoon sampling what I could meeting some really amiable and interesting  winemakers along the way.

 

 

Below I have set out a few of my favourite wines, this is only a brief selection as there were too many to list….

Spanish Benchmarks (The new face of Spain)

Inspiracion Valdemar Alto Cantabria Tempranillo Blanco 2015     

www.Berkmann.co.uk

Inspiacion temp blanco£15.99        Abv 13.5%

100% Tempranillo Blanco

Light Golden colour with a slight greenish tinge.

Aromas of tropical fruits, peaches & apricots

Taste- Full bodied, this had a real nice creaminess about it, balanced acidity and fresh bright tropical fruits again with a long finish.

** As a side note, I visited the Campo Viejo stand and they were promoting their new Tempranillo Blanco to go on sale in Tesco and another Supermarket (can’t remember which one) I thought it was very good especially at around £8-£9

86 % Viura 14% Tempranillo Blanco

Vinaredo Godello 2015

www.devinos.co.uk

£9.99        Abv 13%Vinarredo Godello

100% Godello

Bright Straw like colour

Aromas of apples, pears and floral

Taste- Full and rounded, bright white fruits, creamy with a hint of a floral aftertaste.

** I’m a big fan of Godello, one of my favourite Spanish white grapes.

 

 

Godelia Barrel aged Mencia 2011 (Bodegas Godelia)

www.morenowines.co.uk

Godelia Mencia£15.50        Abv 14.5%

100% Mencia

This was really good, I’ve also tried their Godello (with 20% Dona Blanca) which was also excellent. Big fan of Godelia.

Aromas of rich berry fruits, smokey.

Taste – good depth, plummy, medium tannins, chocolate, tobacco, smokey and toasty.

 

 

 

30 Copelos 2013 (Bodegas Legar do Merens)

30 Copelos£14.64        Abv 13%

40% Souson 30% Caino, 20%Ferron, 10% garnacha Tinta

Not entirely sure how easy to get in UK, but I thought this was Stunning.

Intense ruby colour, nose full of blackcurrants

Taste – very ripe dark fruits, light subtle tannins, well rounded, some complexity, long finish.

 

 

 

Main Tasting Hall (Cava’s)

Gran ClaustroGran Claustro Cava 2011, Perelada

www.barwellandjones.com

£19.99        Abv12%

42% Cardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir, 6% Xare-lo, 5% Macabeo & Parrellada

Fairly muted nose of apple pie & aniseed

Steady stream of fine bubbles

Brut Nature so very dry, medium bodied, tasted of crisp green apples, slightly bready, slightly creamy with a lingering finish.

For the price this was a pretty decent cava and one I would buy.

**They told me a great story about President Eisenhower visiting Spain in 1959 and asking them to produce a wine to commemorate the visit, this was the result.

Anna de Codorniu Rose NV

www.codorniuraventos.com

£10.99        Abv 12%Codorniu Anna

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Light Salmon Colour, Nose of candied cherries.

Very fizzy, large bubbles, little artificial tasting, sweet.

Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs Reserva 2013

£16.50        Abv 11.5%

100% Pinot Noir

This was excellent and well worth the money, pale in colour, light and soft mousse. Nose of crisp green apples & almonds.

Taste- bit of minerality, citrus fruits, creamy, nutty, not to fizzy. A very nice Cava.

 

Jaume Codornui Brut 2011

Juame Codornuiwww.codorniuraventos.com

£25        Abv 11.5%

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Xarel-lo

Another very good even classy Cava.

Small steady stream of lively bubbles, lemony fruits, creamy, nutty, biscuity. Tasted fresh with honey and flowers lurking in the background.

Enjoyed this a lot.

 

 

Argent Reserva Brut 2009

Argentwww.fmwines.com

£45

100% Chardonnay        Abv 12%

 

**By far the best Cava I tasted all day but at a price, stood out head and shoulders above all.

Darkish in colour, restrained soft fizz, elegant, full of rich tropical peaches and apricots, some crisp green apples,medium acidity, toasty with a nutty edge, buttery and a finish that lasted a week. Quality 👍👍👍

 

Juve y Camps – Pinot Noir Brut Rose 2012

www.ehrmannswines.co.uk

£13.99        Abv 12%

Pinot Noir

One of the better Rose’s tasted, heavy nose of strawberries and cherries, medium bubbles.

Tasting dry, strawberry dominant but not too sweet, herbaceous, nice lasting finish.

Excellent, great value for money.

Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2011

www.ehrmannswines.co.uk

£19.99        Abv 12%

Chardonnay, Macabeo, Parellada. Xarel-lo

Another brilliant Cava, highly recommended by Decanter magazine and I can see why.

Lovely straw colour with aromas of toffee apples, stewed pears and stone fruits.

Taste – a little savoury with, brioche, peach, pears and a little honey. Fine bubbles not over fizzy.

Juve y Jamps 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cava Jaume Serra Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2011

Jaume Serra£16.99

100% Chardonnay        Abv 12%

Another excellent Cava

Steady stream soft bubbles.

Dry, bright and fresh, Pears & cream, almondy and slightly smokey. Lasting finish.

Big thumbs up !

 

 

Cava Jaume Serra Rosado Brut

£7.49

Pinot Noir, Trepat        Abv 11.5%

Vibrant red in colour, lively bubbles, dry, mouthful of strawberries and forest fruits, not overly sweet.

Again pretty good

 

 

Gonzalez Bypass

Subirat Parent Brut Reserva 2011

Sorry no picture

£16.00

100 % Subirat Parent        Abv 11.5%

Never heard of the grape but I loved the Cava.

Very unusual perfumed aroma of freshly cut flowers, medium fizz and a softness. Slightly tart but in a good way

Unlike any other Cava I tasted, not to everyone’s taste but different enough to be noticed.