Tue 07 Feb 2017

Staff Choice: Spanish Innovation At Its Best


Whenever I speak to Spain buyer Pierre Mansour about his latest finds, his excitement is obvious. The country really is a hotbed of value right now.

What’s more, the 2015 vintage has been a generous and successful one, resulting in a procession of affordable luxuries reaching our cellars in recent months.

Where to start exploring? David Connor from our Cellar Showroom had little hesitation in recommending this under-£9 garnacha, which has already received plaudits from Decanter Magazine, Tim Atkin MW and, most importantly, many fellow Society members.

Laderas del Tietar

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Laderas del Tiétar Garnacha, Gredos 2015

I have to say I have real passion for Spanish wines and this grenache – hailing from a small region north of Madrid high in the Gredos mountains – is a great example.

The grapes come from old low-yielding old bush vines grown in the Gredos mountain range near Madrid, and it’s this combination of high altitude and low yields that gives the wine a freshness and vitality that will raise a smile and have you reaching for a second glass. For me it was the perfect antidote to the more esoteric wines we tend to drink over the Christmas period and certainly punches above its weight.

As for what I would drink it with… well, when one of the winemakers was asked the same question at our Spanish tasting last year he simply replied, ‘whatever you like’!

David Connor
The Cellar Showroom

£8.50 – Bottle
£102 – Case of 12
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Categories : Spain


  1. Maurice Barham says:

    Speaking of Spanish Garnacha, and you have already discovered the secret of that grape from Moncayo in Aragon, we would suggest that you investigate the nearby DOs of:
    Campo de Borja and Calatayud.
    Happy tasting!

  2. Nigel Morris says:

    While enthusiastic (and quite possibly very accurate in what it says), this review doesn’t actually tell you much about the wine, or why you might choose to buy it.

    • Martin Brown says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Mr Morris. You can find out more about the wine on our website, or alternatively please just ask if you have any further questions. Best regards
      Martin Brown

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