Spanish wine makes the grade

LAST UPDATED: 24 Nov, 2011 @ 11:59
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Spanish wine makes the grade

AN Andalucian wine producer has scored big with Robert Parker, the world’s leading critic.

Ramos-Paul, produced by Ronda-based bodega El Chantre, has been labelled ‘outstanding’ after scoring a record 92 for its 1995 vintage.

This surpassed its previous score of 91 for its 1994 vintage.

According to owner Pilar, who was delighted by the success, the wine was described as ‘amazing in colour, very inventive, with a lot of body,’ by Parker reviewer Jay Miller.

She added: “Particular emphasis has been placed upon the intensity of the flavours that provide a ‘spicy and fruity’ blend, and are very much alive in the bottle and changing all of the time.”

The 92-point wine is made from a blend of grapes with 55 per cent tempranillo, 25 per cent cabernet sauvignon and the remaining flavours Syrah and Merlot.

The wine is likened to having many ‘different wines in the same glass,’ with its ever-present and preserved freshness of flavour.

And its natural acidity has been commented on as very important ensuring the quality and flavours of the wine are maintained over time.

From this week Chantre will be working on their new harvest to produce another great wine for 2011.

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  1. I don’t find this a surprise at all, there are many really good wines produced in Andalucia, not least some fine white wines from around Sevilla.

    What I cannot understand is the Spanish obsession with Rioja wines especially the gran reserva reds – awful taste. The white Riojas can be wonderful but what about Valdepenas/Galician white and reds and the Catalan reds.

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