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By sarahhowe, also posted in News on 01/03/16
The wines of Iberia continue to feature strongly in our selections, and we see the return of old friend, Otto Bestué. I remember my first visit to the bodega a few years ago and discovering for the first time the wild, mountainous foothills of the Pyrenees known as Somontano. Two things stand out from that visit: the wonderful wines of Bodega Otto Bestué, where the every male member of the family seemed to be called Lorenzo making life nice and easy - and parking the hire car half way up a mountain to take in the view of the vineyards on the valley floor, only to be closely overflown by a bird of such vast proportions that it seemed to dwarf the hire car. A Lammergeier I believe.
Other strong contenders for more regular showings in your mixed cases are the wines of South Africa. We have been through the phase of historic, dull, bulk production by a state monopoly, to the introduction of international competition (post apartheid), rising standards of winemaking, a growing and more discerning domestic market, and now a wealth of small and medium sized wine farms run by informed and passionate winemakers exploiting previously ignored vineyard sites, better suited to quality production. This means that the instance of notable SA wines landing on our Southwold tasting counter has risen dramatically, and this inevitably shows in our selection process. Quality will out and these two regions of the wine world have a great deal to offer us right now.
You will notice that you will have the first one or two wines of the 2015 vintage in your case. This has been an almost universally good vintage all over Europe, as well as in further climes, which means that we have much to look forward to in the coming year."