(2019) Once again The Daily Drinker have delivered a 'first' for me: a wine made from the Cayetana Blanca variety, never tasted by me before, and a speciality of the Extremadura region near the Portuguese border in the southwest of Spain. It's Spanish and it's white, but forget the feathery charms of Albariño - the volume here is turned up much higher, with its gold-green colour and 14% alcohol, and fruit-filled nose of pear and herbs, something nutty and yet with a zip of lime zest too. In the mouth sweet, ripe fruit dominates, with weight and substantial body, flooding with bittersweet orange and juicy pear, excellent acidity and grip, and a really long, focused finish that tapers to a fine but confident, concentrated point. Terrific and different - what more could you want? £12.60 to Daily Drinker club members.
(2012) >From Extremadura in Spain, in the south close to the Portuguese border, this 100% Tempranillo has a vibrant colour and an intense, vinous nose with some liquorice and graphite around the solid, earthy black fruit. In the mouth it is big, juicy and strapping stuff, flooded with berry fruit, hinting at spices and tobacco, and finishing with a very nice balance of acid, fine-grained but grippy tannin and spice.