The world famous Spanish wine producing regions of Rioja, Priorat and Ribera Del Duero are known for producing historic wines under strict conditions. As such, they are made in accordance with robustly enforced legislation with regards to grape variety, vineyard practices, and ageing. Whilst this adherence to established practices has helped to preserve and elevate the wines of these regions, some complain that this attitude hampers innovation and experimentation.
In La Mancha there is a different attitude towards winemaking with a far looser set of rules leading to a pervading sense of freedom amongst viticulturists. This is in part responsible for La Mancha being the most prolific vineyard area in Spain in terms of production with close to 50% of the nations output taking place here. With these large numbers inevitably comes a large range in quality, with vast quantities of simple table wines being produced here on a mass scale. There are, however, many excellent boutique and family run producers who create delightful innovative wines which represent sensational value when compared to their more illustrious counterparts.
In this month's case we have opted for a pair of wines that Finca La Estacada have been made with the idea of introducing the capabilities of La Mancha to the world. They use the French varietals of Viognier and Cabernet Franc with the traditional essence of each grape but apply the freedom and inquisitive nature of the winemake. This leaes us with wines that are well balanced and fruit driven, yet completely unique.