Spanish whites Part 1: Chacoli, Valdeorras, Rioja & Costers del Segre

Most of these were from a mixed Spanish white case from the Wine Society – tasty stuff…

Txomín Etxaníz Geratiako Txakolina 2009 (£12.50 The Wine Society)
Interesting and lively wine with a touch of spritz, autumnal pear & apple crispness blanced with some zesty citrus fruit and an ever-so-slightly briny tang. B(+)

Gaba do Xil Valdeorras Godello 2009 (£8.50 The Wine Society)
Confident young wine, balancing apple and lemon crispness with yeasty nuttiness, a touch of minerality and a nice mouth-feel. Not vastly complex but rather nice. B+

Rafael Palacios Louro do Bolo Valdeorras Godello 2009, Spain (£13.50 The Wine Society)
There’s a smoky edge to this delicious youngster, but it’s not been anywhere near new oak. Offers the fruit flavours fond in Bordeaux – pithy lemon, tinned pear and Cox’s apple – with the minerality and structure of Burgundy. Rich but restrained, and with its best still to come. S

Lar de Paula Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco 2008, Spain (£8.99 Stratford’s Wine Agencies)
Plump and peachy, with the heady, honeyed Malvasia (40% of blend) fleshing out the almost Sauvignon-like edges of Viura (60%). OK, but let down by cheesy malolactic edges. C

Tomàs Cusiné Auzells Costers del Segre 2009, Spain (£9.95 The Wine Society)
A weighty blend of eight grapes offering fragrant floral aromas and tangy citrus and just-ripe peach flavours. Nicely balanced, lightly oaked style. S-

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