Regal Lopez Adega Tu, yo y nosotros dos Grau 2015
From the Ribeira Sacra region of Northwest Spain. The region is notoriously hard to cultivate, but it has amazing geography and soils and can produce fantastic, elegant, characterful wines. Think of a theoretical combination of Chambolle Musigny and Cote Rotie - lovely crisp red fruit yet with a peppery spicy undertone. Winemaker Roberto Regal re-started the local co-op which went bust and instead of making cheap plonk makes simply stunning single plot wines, from old vines with fruit bought from individual growers. It’s very low intervention winemaking, and he doesn’t smother them in oak allowing the fruit to sing.
Made from Grau Negro a very interesting local variety with incredibly high acidity and it makes extraordinarily perfumed, fragrant reds. Very dark in colour, with a lifted, floral nose and a delicate but beautiful structure. A glorious food wine and stylistically a cross between Barolo (though without the high tannins) and top Cotes de Nuits Burgundy but with crisper acidity.