Much excitement here in Park Royal as our new Somontano producers Olvena join our burgeoning Spanish lineup. Harriet, our buyer for Spain takes up the story:
“Somontano” literally meaning “under the mountain” is a relatively new D.O. (1984) which lies at the foot of the Pyrenees in the Huesca region. Here traditional styles of winemaking have been largely replaced with a New Wave of modern winemaking, using mainly international varieties. Somontano is an inland DO with a mild to moderate continental climate and the limestone based, calcium rich soils are ideal for grape growing. The cooling winds of the Pyrenees help produce wines that are elegant and balanced. An exciting and up and coming region…
Bodegas Olvena combine the traditional art of viticulture and the modern winemaking techniques available today, and have succeeded in creating interesting, unique and contemporary wines. Bodegas Olvena was founded by Antonio Abbad in 2002 and currently produces wines from 177 hectares.
2009 Chardonnay, Bodegas Olvena
Pale straw colour with a green hue. The nose is dominated by pineapple, peach and exotic fruits. On the palate, a flavoursome, fresh and fruity wine is revealed. A very well-balanced Chardonnay.
2009 Merlot Rosado, Bodegas Olvena
Deep raspberry pink in colour the aromas are intensely fruity and floral with notes of red fruit and violet. On the palate, the rosé is dry, elegant and fruity with perfectly balanced acidity.
2009 Tempranillo/Garnacha Joven, Bodegas Olvena
A lively and fresh wine with a youthful cherry colour. An intense nose of ripe, cherried fruits followed by a smooth, round palate. Perfectly balanced.
2007 Roble Tempranillo/Cabernet/Merlot, Bodegas Olvena
Bright cherry red with hints of youthful purple, the nose is intense, dominated by black fruit notes with a light vanilla touch from the barrels. The palate is equally fruity with medium body, plenty of smoothness and sweet, round tannins.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Crianza, Bodegas Olvena
Intense, deep, garnet red. The aromas are remarkably intense, filled with red fruit, spice and elegant toasty notes. On the palate a velvety mouthfeel precedes a fruit forward
wine with redcurrant, raspberry and blackcurrant flavours as well as hints of liquorice, vanilla and nutmeg. A long, lasting finish.