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Spanish wines are challenging the French - and winning

Spanish wines have long been well known, chiefly through the house of Torres, says NK YONG

Published Thu, Apr 24, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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THE other night, we were eating Spanish so it was appropriate to drink Spanish - at least for the reds. Spanish wines have long been well known, chiefly through the Spanish house of Torres. They were indeed as easily available as French wines, especially the Rioja in their flask-shaped round-bottom bottles in wicker baskets. We used to try those wines - they were easily available, inexpensive, and if you did not like the wine, you simply poured it into the sink and used the bottle as a flower vase!

RIESLING SCHLOSSBERG GRAND CRU, CUVEE STE CATHERINE 1998, DOMAINE WEINBACH

Brilliant golden colour, 18 carats worth! Soft rich fruity aromas of very ripe fruit - ripe apples and pears - very characteristic of an old white. But no keroseney aromas. Sweet entry on palate, good volume and density of wine, with a fine acidic spine of freshness in the background. Very complex, also very elusive when you try and track down the aromas and flavours. But a beautiful wine.

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