2012 Joc Blanc, Jordi Oliver, Empordà, Empordà

( €7.50, 13.5% )

An unoaked blend of Macabeu and Garnatxa Blanca, this is a bargain, with real focus and minerality from a combination of granite and slate soils. Zesty and refreshing with honeysuckle and citrus fruit notes and a long, tapering finish.

Similar Wines: £10-£20, 86-90, Spain, White, Macabeo

2012 Magenc, Cellers d’en Guilla, Empordà, Empordà

( €7.50, 13.5% )

A small volume blend of classic local grapes from a budding new producer. The aromas and flavours are highly individual here – wet stone and a bone dry, almost salty note – with crisp, tangy acidity and a long finish. Zesty and mouth-watering, this is a white with texture and concentration.

Similar Wines: £10-£20, 86-90, Spain, White

2012 Sàtirs, Arché Pagès, Emporda, Empordà

( €6.50, 13.5% )

A varietal Macabeu from one of the top young producers in the region. Concentrated and flavoursome with plenty of texture, notes of honeysuckle and pear and a touch of vanilla spice, despite the absence of oak. Great value.

Similar Wines: £10-£20, 91-95, Spain, White, Macabeo

2012 Joc Blanc, Jordi Oliver, Rueda, Rueda

( €8.50, 13% )

An interloper in the tasting (as it comes from Rueda, not Emporda and is made from Verdejo), but it’s made by Jordi Oliver, hence its inclusion here. Made in a rich, slightly oxidative style with a creamy mid palate and flavours of grapefruit and mango and an undertow of tannin. Very complex, with a minerally finish.


Similar Wines: £10-£20, 91-95, Spain, White, Verdejo