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Raimat Spanish Wines from Lawson’s Dry Hills

23 April,2018

corMany of our wine producers share a portfolio with their distributors overseas. The contacts in such situations enable arrangements of growth and reciprocity in various markets. Likewise, this situation can come about by a collaboration from networking at wine fairs and the like. This enables a more complete range able to be offered. A selection of Raimat (a subsidiary of the Codorniu giant) Spanish wines is imported and distributed by Lawson’s Dry Hills. The connection here is that Lawson’s marketing manager used to deal with Raimat in her U.K. wine trade days. Here, I review two Cava sparklings and a table red wine. www.raimat.com www.lawsonsdryhills.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Codorniu ‘Cuvee Barcelona 1872’ Cava Metode Tradicional Brut NV

Sparkling Wine from Spain

16.5/20

Bright, light golden-yellow colour with lemon hues, a little lighter on the rim, the bubbles very fine and persistent. The nose is softly full and elegantly packed with gently fresh, fruity aromas of ripe yellow stonefruits along with subtle nutty detail. This is clean and uncomplicated. Off-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is softly full and rounded with flavours of sweetly ripe stonefruits and apples. with nuances of nuts. The flavours are up-front and the mouthfeel rounded with light mousse and very light textures and integrated acidity. The wine carries to a soft, light, nuanced finish. This is a soft, rounded, up-front, uncomplicated and easy Cava with stonefruit flavours and nutty elements. This is an any occasion wine to serve over the next 2 years. A blend of Macabeu, Xarel-lo and Parellada fermented to 11.5% alc. and 11 g/L dosage, the wine aged on lees in bottle. Lot L7317E24. 16.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $20.00

Bright, even straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues and a very persistent, moderately fine bead. This has a full, refreshing nose of savoury yellow stonefruits along with subtle nutty and earthy elements harmoniously interwoven with bready and toasty nuances. Dryish to taste with a soft, frothy mousse, the palate has light flavours of stonefruits entwined with nuances of nuts and earth. The fruit has sweetness along with the dosage, but is balanced by fine, dry, chalky textures lending an elegantly proportion core and dry mouthfeel. The phenolics and lively acidity provide a good line that carries the delicate stonefruit flavours to a gentle, dry finish. This is an elegant Cava with light flavours and a chalky, fresh mouthfeel. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 2 years. A blend of Macabeu, Xarel-lo and Parellada fermented to 11.5% alc., the wine spending 9 months on lees and bottled with 11 g/L dosage. 16.5+/20 Oct 2015 RRP $29.99

Raimat Chardonnay Cava Metode Tradicional Brut NV

Sparkling Wine from Spain

17/20

Bright straw-yellow colour with green-gold hues, lighter edged, the bead fine and persistent. The nose is very fine, fresh and taut in concentration with aromas of white stonefruits, some nutty elements and a little waxiness, and suggestions of yeast. The aromatics possess clarity and grow in intensity with aeration. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate is fresh and crisp with tightly bound but intense flavours of white stonefruits harmoniously layered with a fine thread of nuts and hints of yeast, forming a refined core. The fruit is underlined by fresh, lacy acidity and fine effervescence, and the wine carries with good energy along a soft-textured line, leading to delicately mouthwatering finish. This is a fresh, taut, Chardonnay-based Cava with white stonefruit and hints of nuts and yeast. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood over the next 2 years. Based on Chardonnay fermented to 11.5% alc. and 11 g/L dosage, the wine aged on lees in bottle. Lot L7330C45. 17.0/20 Apr 2018 RRP $32.00

Raimat ‘Pirinenca’ Costers del Segre Tempranillo 2015

Tempranillo from Spain

16.5/20

Dark ruby-red colour with good depth and slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly packed with rounded aromas of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits harmoniously entwined with a soft layering of earth, oak cedar and a suggestion of game. Medium-full bodied, the palate is softly rich with moderately sweet and juicy flavours of ripe dark raspberries along with blackberry and plums, melded with flavours of earth, oak cedar and a little eucalyptus and game. The fruit is underlined by light, grainy tannins giving some grip, with soft acidity adding to the roundness. The wine carries to a light, fruity-earthy finish. This is a soft, sweet-fruited Costers del Segre Tempranillo red with raspberry, earth, cedar and eucalypt flavours on a grainy palate. Match with barbecued fare and casseroles over the next 3 years. Tempranillo fruit fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in oak. 16.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $20.00

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