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Valencia – a hidden Spanish gem

May 25th, 2012

We are delighted and excited to introduce our new range of Valencia wines, from the very exciting Bodegas Arraez vineyard.

The wines of Bodegas Arraez

Bodegas Arraez is a family winery with a long tradition. The winery was founded in 1916 by some winemakers and bought it later in 1950 by Antonio Arraez. Then he began to develop his own wines becoming to be one of the leaders in the region selling bulk and bottled wines from the Denominación de Origen Valencia. The winery is located in the town of Fuente de la Higuera with special climate and terroir. The have 35 Hec. of vineyards with indigenous grapes like, Monastrell, Tempranillo, Garnacha Tintorera, Macabeo and Muscat and other foreign grapes as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

The next generation

Currently the company is in the third generation managed by Toni Arraez which is a young wine maker who has being elaborating wines in Ribera del Duero for some years and he has taken the winery to a further step beginning to build a new style of Spanish wines which have had a great success during this two last years in the national market.

Bang for your buck

What we like ( and we think our customers will like ) is that these wines are very well made with no expense spared. They are also incredibly well made for the price. If this was Rioja a wine like Eduardo Bermejo could easily be selling closer to €20, but we think it offers fantastic bang for your buck at €11.99.

Even the ‘cheaper’ range, Casas de Herencia get light oaking and this is unheard of at €8.99. Let me introduce the range and please call in, as we have some open now and will open more as the infiltrate the Irish market.

Casas de Herencia

Casas de Herencia The so called entry level wines offer great value and easy drinking – The red is a great mix of Monastrell, Tempranillo and Grenache. The wine is is garnet in color and has an intense aroma of red fruit such as blackcurrant. Lots of upfront fruit and a long velvety finish. The wines spend 4 months in oak, which is very rare at this price point.

The white has a lovely nose of white flowers with peach and honeysuckle. It is crisp and wonderfully balanced and bursting with melon, mango and ripe peaches.


Eduardo Bermejo
These wines are names after a well known Valencian painter. The red is a brilliant red colour layer which identifies its freshness. On the nose it is very fruit-bearing, with intense connotations of red fruits as raspberry and well integrated oak notes. ( 4 months in American oak ).

The white is palid yellow colour with greenish tones that demonstrates its predominant variety , Verdejo. On the nose it is very clean and floral with great intensity. On the palate it turns out to be fresh, and elegant, with well balanced acidity that fills the palate.


Guilty Pleasures

We also have a few guilty pleasures, small quantites of a wine called Mala Vida and a Monastrell ‘Author’ wine called A2. Mala Vida means the bad (in a good way ) life, or the Italians might say, La Dolce Vita. It is a blend of Monastrell, Cabernet, Grenache and Shyrah and 8 months in American oak. It has a dark red colour, full with a rich aroma. Red fresh fruits flavours and well integrated oak that doesn´t hide its fruity savory nature. Only €12.99 but it tastes a lot more expensive.

The A2 Monastrell is a serious wine and made in tiny quantities. Dense purple colour, the fruit flavors like black currant and cherry are dominant, but perfected emblessed with balsamic and mineral notes typical of the variety Monastrell. The primary tastes is sweetness with agradables tannins. It should be noted the perfect balance of fruit and the toasted of the oak.

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