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  • 16 Mar

    Rioja Blanco 2014 - Wine of the Month March 2016

    Posted by Carlee Wilson


    There seems to be a real serge in  white wines coming from Spain.  People are falling in love with grape varities like Godello and Albarino  to name a couple.  Call me a traditionalist but one of my favourite grape varieties from Spain is the original white Rioja Viura. This wine the Vina Soledad from Franco Espanola Wines is a stunning example of this grape variety, made from 100 per cent Viura. We have matched this wine to our scallop dish on our celebration menu but we also realise it makes a fabulous aperitif wine so we have made it available by the glass also. 

    How’s it made?

    The Viura grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed. The must is then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 16º C. This ensures freshness and a crisp acidity while maintaining the excellent stone fruit aromas.

    How does it look and taste?

    Pale yellow in the glass with green hues. Intensely fruity aromas which is a product of its cold fermentation, mainly green apples, stonefruits… and other characteristic of the Viura variety. Dry, lightweight and easy to drink, it has a nice crisp acidity and leaves a salty residue on the tongue to finish.

    What’s our food match?

    We have matched this wine to the scallop dish off our a la carte and celebration menu.

    ‘pan fried scallops, creamed leeks, bacon crumble’

    The simplicity of this wine lends itself favourably to any seafood dish in particular these fresh hand dived scallops.  The wines salty finish blends nicely with the bacon crumble and the fabulous acidity cuts through the creamed leeks.  This wine has a lovely delicate structure that enhances all the flavour components of this dish.

    Who needs an excuse to drink good wine?

    Not us! Cheers!

    Vina Soledad Wine Brian Maule




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