A review of two less-mainstream Rioja styles from CVNE
Say "Rioja" and I first think of a red wine - the Tempranillo grape aged to vanilla-sweet mellowness in American oak barrels; however, it also comes in white and pink versions.
Cune Barrel Ferment Blanco 2011, £9.49, Waitrose,
Tanners Wine Merchants, Christopher Piper Wines
A blend of Viura and Malvasia, golden sandy yellow.
Ripe citrus and orchard fruit, fresh clean acidity and some prominent but well-balanced toasty oak; also a touch of sherry-esque salinity.
All-round crowd-pleaser with no rough edges. Good.
A versatile food wine, match with roast white meat, pasta in creamy sauces or meaty white fish.
Cune Rosado 2012, RRP £9.49, Majestic, Ellie’s Cellar,
Taylor’s Fine Wine, Partridge’s of Sloane Street
More soft red fruits on the palate and clean acidity - entirely pleasant but a little bland.
I would happily serve this to guests at a summer garden party but am not convinced about the price; there are plenty of other equally good pinks at several pounds less than this.
A pleasant sipper - or match with light shellfish dishes or sushi.
Both wines provided for review.
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