It’s been a long, long time but finally the Moraira-Teulada U3A wine tasting group had something to celebrate last Thursday, 14th October 2021.
For the first time since the pandemic hit, way back in the early spring of last year, members were able to gather for a tasting and for a change the group has gone ‘on tour’.
Instead of gathering in Bar Mediterráneo in Teulada as in past years, organisers Pat and Brian Clarke chose as a first stop Beniasia in Benitachell, where Fan Fan and team laid on a spread of nibbles to go with each wine. Portions were perhaps too generous as less people than predicted stayed on for a meal afterwards.
Wines for the night were from Bodegas Bleda in Jumilla, a family winery set up in 1915 and now in the hands of the fourth generation. They were presented by the bodega’s Export Manager Emilio, ably assisted by Pedro.
Over 70 tasters attended and welcoming them Brian said: “It is over 20 months since we had our last wine tasting and it is so great to see so many of you back.”
Five wines were on offer, all multi award winners, starting with a white which was 100% Sauvignon Blanc sold under the bodega’s Pino Doncel label and displaying fresh fruit notes and tropical aromas with citric hints.
The very drinkable pink salmon coloured rosado, pale as many are these days, had intense aromas of strawberries and roses.
First of three reds was an organic 100% Monastrell, red cherry coloured and with a bouquet of ripe red and black fruit.
Next up was an old favourite, Pino Doncel Black, a blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Aged for several months in Oak, the intense cherry red coloured wine had a hint of spice. Rounding off the evening was the Castillo Reserva 2017, a blend of Monastrell and Tempranillo which had been aged for 24 months in oak producing a complex wine with aromas red berries, stewed fruit and toasty hints.
Prices ranged from €4 to €6 a bottle for wines far superior to others of a similar price found in the supermarkets.
Many thanks to Emilio, Pedro, Pat and Brian for a very enjoyable evening which left many making off into the night weighed down with cases of wine.
Next month the ‘tasting tour’ moves on to Moraira.
Review by Ian Graham, Photos by John Snell