(2018) A de-alcoholised wine from Torres, made using technology to remove the alcohol from a 'normal' wine, this presses very nice Muscat buttons aromatically, light, floral and herbal, and fairly indistinguishable from a regular Muscat wine. The same can't be said for the palate however, but it's not an entirely negative picture: it feels lightly effervescent in the mouth, more fruit-juicy than winey, but it is off-dry, balanced and enjoyable in its way.
(2017) This organically certified wine comes from a small appellation high in the northeast of Spain, close to the French border at the Roussillon, and from an estate that can trace its family ownership back 1000 years. It's mostly Merlot, but with 10% of Piquepoul Noir, the dark skinned variant of the familiar Picpoul variety. Aged in French oak (50% new), it pours a bold purple colour and is instantly expressive with a bright balsamic and cherry nose, lots of lift and fragrance, a touch of basil, a touch of sweet plum. On the palate it has good energy: medium-bodied and with a silkiness, there is good acidity perhaps due to the high altitude vineyards, the bittersweet tartness of plum skins, and a fruity, gently spicy finish. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2017) A new wine from Miguel Torres of Spain, coming from the home vineyards in Catalunya and blending white Grenache with Xarel.lo, one of the main grapes of Cava (making still wines from Cava grapes is something of a mini-trend among Catalunyan producers currently). This is also certified organic and made in a very clean, fresh style, the gently tropical fruit notes wrapped with a very gentle creaminess, before a crisp, crunchy apple and citrus palate, again just a glimpse of papaya or Ogen melon adding a dry but exotic, subtle tang.
(2016) I detect a little creamy oak influence (or is it just a richness from lees ageing perhaps?), but it is aromatic with orange and crisp autumn apple tones, a hint of nuttiness then juicy on the palate, a fresh core of lemony acidity, melon and more tangy citrus in the dry, refreshing finish.
(2016) From a small collective of four farmers, working indigenous vines planted by their ancestors in the northeat of Spain, this is 100% Xarel.lo, one of the principle varieties in Cava, and just occasionally popping up in table wines. This has a punchy, slightly sherbetty nose of crisp nutty apple and lime, a touch of lime blossom too, a hint of Epsom salts. On the palate it is just as vivacious, crackling over the tongue quite delightfully, long and racy with citrus and salt in the finish. A delight, and packed with character.
(2015) This is Torres de-alcoholised product, with just 0.5% abv. It has quite a deep cherry colour a bit of proper berry-fruited, vinous character, also a touch of something exotic and lychee-like. On the palate it feels dilute, perhaps not surprisingly, a little raspberry and strawberry flavour and off-dry, finishing with decent crispness. The hard fact is though, that unless requiring a basically non-alcoholic pink, there's no other reason to buy this.
(2015) >From the Torres family's home vineyards in Catalunya, not far from Barcelona, this stalwart white is an aromatic blend of Muscat and Gewürztraminer. Highly perfumed - much more so than the Days of Summer above - it has all the Turkish delight and Nivea cream Gewürz hallmarks, with a delightfully fresh palate that is just - just - off dry, showing not only exotic fruit, but delicious spice hinting at pepper and clove.
(2012) Miguel Torres told me Natureo has become his regular tipple if drinking during the day. With only 0.5% ABV, it is made from 100% Moscatel and goes through a special technology that removes the alcohol from the wine. A glass has around 15-20 calories, which is around a quarter of a normal wine. Given the grape variety this is suitably floral and perfumed on the nose, grapey Muscat aromas and some lychee-like fruit. On the palate it is not quite dry, and that quite tropical fruitiness gives some character despite a very light texture and mouthfeel. With a tangerine burst of bright acidity it does not taste particularly wine-like, but has plenty of character.
(2012) Gorgeous lift to this wine, with much more of a cherry and red fruit brightness, lots of exotic incense notes and just fine, delicate floral aromas. The palate is all edge and agility against the Sassicaia's fuller, meatier depths, but has superb structure and focus. One to age for a decade or more.
(2012) A little dank, a little meaty, but then the beautiful fruit sweetness begins to bloom. A little herbal note too. The palate is elegant, the fruit fading into the background a touch, but again its charms begin to win, the juicy acidity not difficult and the balance still good.