2012 Terra Remota, Caminito, Empordà

( €12, 13.5% )

Blending Garnatxa and Syrah and aged for six months in oak, this is an ambitious rosado with good concentration and notes of red fruits and wild herbs. Subtle wild strawberry fruit, a nip of tannin and fresh acidity. Slightly pricey.


Similar Wines: £20-£30, 86-90, Spain, Rose, Grenache, Syrah/Shiraz

2011 Espelt Viticultors,Terres Negres, Empordà, Empordà

( €11, 14% )

Pure Cariñena from a winery that combines the best of traditional and modern philosophies, producing wines with integrity. A rich, lightly-oaked, stylish red that shows the grape variety at its best with plum and sweet, figgy fruit and good minearlity and freshness.


Similar Wines: £10-£20, 86-90, Spain, Red, Carignan

2010 Roig Parals, Camí de Cormes, Empordà, Empordà

( €20, 15% )

The top wine from Roig Parals, sourced from an old, low-yielding vineyard named after a Civil War escape route through the Pyrenees. With incense and wild herbs on the nose, this is like walking into a Catholic church during high mass. Dense and concentrated, with subtle oak, layer upon layer of wild, spicy , herbal flavours, medium-weight, tarry tannins and a sweet core of fruit sustained by refreshing acidity.


Similar Wines: £30-£50, 91-95, Spain, Red