Bobos Finca Casa La Borracha Bobal 2016, Bodegas Hispano+Suizas
Spain / Levante
Andy's Tasting Notes
Top class Bobal from this boutique winery, with a rather memorable name: Casa la Borracha means ‘house of the drunken woman’!
Gorgeous old vine Bobal with richly textured and complex notes of blackcurrant, plum, bramble, spice, coffee and cedar. The ripe tannins add another layer to the wine, and balanced acidity keeps the wine beautifully fresh. There is a lovely balance of intensity and elegance in this wine.
The Bobal grape, native to Utiel-Requena, is grown here on chalky-clay soils. Grapes are selected from 70 year old, low-yielding vines – picked only in the cool mornings and stored for 3 days at -10ºC. The grapes are de-stalked and put into 400L American oak barrels (with the tops removed). Stainless steel panels are then placed in the barrels to cold macerate the grapes for 4 days, with the cap submerged by hand once a day. When fermentation starts the cooling panels are removed and after 15 days the grapes are gently pressed. The wine is then aged for 10 months in new French Allier oak barrels. The wine is lightly filtered before bottling.
Price per bottle £22.80
This boutique winery produces innovative and eye-catching wines from 61ha of vineyards, including old vine Bobal, in the Utiel-Requena DOP in Valencia. It’s the project of three ‘soul brothers’ Marc Grin, Pablo Ossorio and Rafael Navarro who always dreamed of growing vines and making wines – and is named after their nationalities!
Their objective is simple yet ambitious: to make masterpieces, distinctive yet accessible to the consumer. “A good wine, in order not to be out of tune, has to come out of the bottle like a symphony in which each instrument has its place,” they say, and you can’t argue with that!
Food matchA rich vegetable/meat Lasagne