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La Purisima – Yecla Baby!

June 11th, 2014

Hands up if you have heard of the wine region Yecla in southern Spain.

Liar, Liar pants on fire ( for some of you ).

Well I recently came across the region and have been blown away by the quality, and the price point. Fantastic value wines that over deliver across the range.

For the wine nerds aficionados, here is some of the technical jargon.

A Brave New World

The Yecla Denomination of Origin is located on the Murcia Plateau, at an altitude of between 500 and 900 metres. It has numerous jagged NE-SE mountain ranges. The most important mountain ranges are the Sierra del Cuchillo, the Sierra Salina and the Serral. In this unsettled orography a large number of different soils coexist.

These soils originated mainly from sediments of the Pliocene period (2000 million years ago). They all have the same pH: they are all basic soils with an average pH of 8, poor in organic material with low total nitrogen content. These parameters limit the vigour of the vine and make the soils unproductive, thus guaranteeing concentrated wines.

The dominant texture is sandy-silty, although stony and purely sandy soils can also be found.

Tell us about the wines …

Now, that has surely whetted your appetite but I’ll give you the lay-mans version now. These are fantastic wines that have a great freshness about them that make them super for summer drinking ( the Estio range (only €11.99) in particular ), as well as a fantastic organic wine made from Monastrell. The star of the show in terms of tasting was their Syrah. Its only €14.99 but I would happily put it up against a Rhone Valley Syrah or a Barossa Shiraz – different styles of course, but a wonderful expression of Syrah.

They have a 2nd white at the Purisima level that is an aromatic white wine which easily stood up the challenge of maturation in French barriques. A great wine for food and at only €14.99 stands up well to its Chablis & Pouilly Fume competition.

We are really excited about these wines and Gary found them at the very end of the last day of a wine show when he was running to catch a train and decided to have one more taste. A great decision and when you try the wines, we think you’ll agree.

La Purisima Syrah3