We’d like to introduce you to some new arrivals on our Spanish shelves – the Riojas from Bodegas Bohedal. You might have spotted them already because of their striking packaging – more on that later! You won’t find the Bodegas Bohedal wines anywhere else in the UK. They are exclusive to The Good Wine Shop – and we’re delighted as not only are they top quality but they also provide great value for customers.
Bodegas Bohedal is a family run winery based in Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón on the westerly extreme of D.O.Ca Rioja (they are in fact near neighbours of one of our other favourite Rioja producers Urbina). Bohedal’s wines are made exclusively from the grapes grown in their own vineyards. These are the usual Rioja varieties of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano for the reds and Viura for the whites.
There’s a real focus on quality, getting the best fruit possible from the small plots of well established vines – some of which are 120 years old. All the harvesting is labour-intensively done by hand. The vineyard traditions handed down to the fourth generation, who are now involved, are married to modern technology and know-how in the winery. We think you’ll like the results! You’ll probably want to try the wine yourselves but here are my brief tasting notes:
Bohedal Blanco, Rioja, Spain 2014
An easy drinking dry white made from 100% Viura. Crisp, citrus and apple flavours. Meant to be drunk young with light dishes such as summer salads or grilled fish. Surprisingly long length! £9.00 or £7.50 in a mixed case of six.
Bohedal Tinto Joven, Rioja, Spain 2014
100% Tempranillo. Bright, juicy fruit and very soft tannins make this dangerously gluggable. Soft strawberry and blackberry flavours. Again, not meant for aging…drink now! £9.00 or £7.50 in a mixed case of six.
Gran Bohedal Barrel Ferment Blanco, Rioja, Spain 2014
I can see why this has won awards. Quite complex with lovely balanced vanilla-y oak flavours alongside stone fruits. 100% Viura again. Good texture and acidity means this would go great with roast chicken or a fish pie. £12 or £10.50 in a mixed case of six.
Gran Bohedal Crianza, Rioja, Spain 2011
Now we’re getting more grown up! The 12 months this wine spends in oak and the further 12 months in bottle means that the fruit flavours are a little darker and the oakiness gently spicy. Relatively soft tannins. 100% Tempranillo. It’s ready for roast lamb! £12 or £10.50 in a mixed case of six.
Gran Bohedal Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2009
This wine has darker fruits and even more intensity. Notes of tobacco and leather are present alongside the fruit. The toasty oak is there but well integrated. Again it is 100% Tempranillo. The tannins seam a little more prominent. I’d drink this with a hearty stew or roast beef. £15 or £13.50 in a mixed case of six.
And a final note on the wines’ striking labels. They take their inspiration from the woven patchworks or “almazuelas” which the Bohedal women were famous for producing in the 19th century. In their own words they say:“We believe that both winemaking and weaving are crafts that share some essential characteristics; such as the importance of good base materials, a painstaking attention to detail and a truly artisan approach to production.”