We have been happily importing wine from Dominio de la Vega for a few years now with a major emphasis on their award-winning Cava’s. On a recent trip to the Valencia region however, we learned a little more about the powerful red wines from the area made from the indigenous and intriging Bobal grape.
More about Bobal………
Bobal is a grape high in polyphenols and colour with high levels of tannins and antioxidants. Therefore it has excellent structure and a very nice ageing potential. It yields red and dark fruited wines with some sweet spice, dark chocolate and trademark meaty, almost sanguine notes.
The DO of Utiel-Requena is around 40 minutes drive west of Valencia (on the way to Madrid) and due to the old plantings of Bobal has the oldest average vine age for any DO in Spain (48 years old).
Dominio de la Vega la Muela Vineyard in April
Why Should we be drinking Bobal from Dominio de la Vega?
Great structure, nice aromatics and a nice dark fruit profile. Nice ageing potential but can be drunk a few years after the vintage. Good levels of polyphenols and can be drunk with or without food. Best of all the price levels are very attractive with for example the ‘En Calma’ from 60 year old vines aged for 9 months in oak coming in at under 20 Euro’s.
Old Vine Bobal Wines available from H2G
Bobal En Calma 2017
Made from 3 separate plots of 9hA in the la Muela vineyard at 72M above sea level. On clay and limestone soils. Made from up to 60 year old vines farmed organically, the low yielding vines produce a rich and full bodied wine aged 9 months in barrique with red and dark fruit flavours, smooth tannins and sweet spice.
Paraje Tornel 2015
Another single vineyard from Paraje Tornel with made from older vines and lower yields. The wine is aged 12 months in oak and is has a longer ageing potential than the La Calma with a darker fruit profile and slightly grippier tannins. Dark and purple fruit notes, mocha, tobacco and sanguine meaty notes.