Bodegas Bleda, one of the wineries in Jumilla, has enjoyed an amazing 2022, winning no less than 25 international awards and last Thursday they kindly brought some of the winners to the Moraira-Teulada U3A wine tasting group to sample.
The vivacious Micaela, ably assisted by Pedro, brought five wines – a white, a rosado and three reds – to Sabores II where Lu and his team provided tasty nibbles to complement each wine.
With prices ranging from just 4.25€ to 5.55€ a bottle – a snip for award winning wines in these straightened times – there were many cases snapped up by the 60 eager tasters.
First up was the Castillo de Jumilla Blanco 2021, a blend of Airen, Macabeo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes producing an elegant pale yellow wine with both fresh and complex aromas. Apparently it will keep happily for two years in the bottle – not in my house it won’t !!
The fresh and tasty Rosado, made from the region’s indigenous Monastrell red grape – macerated for just a few hours to keep its pale pink colour – had a delightful aroma of strawberries and raspberries.
The first red was the Castillo de Jumilla Tinto 2021, a Monastrell-Tempranillo blend which was a deep cherry red with a 14.5% kick. Complex and aromatic with aromas of red and black berries it also had balsamic notes.
The bodega’s iconic and ever popular Pino Doncel Black 2021, a blend of 50% Monastrell, 30% Syrah and 20% Petit Verdot was this taster’s hit of the night. Aging in French oak for five months results in an elegant, mature wine with soft spicy hints.
But quite a number plumped for the Castillo de Jumilla Crianza 2018 which had been aged for a minimum of 6 months in American oak giving it a slight caramel flavour.
Our thanks as ever go to Pat and Brian Clarke without whom (and the bodegas of course) there would be no wine tasting group.
Remember wine lovers, there is only one more tasting to Christmas!
Review by Ian Graham