Marques de Caceres Antea Rioja Blanco 2008

By | January 29, 2011

I really like white Rioja, it’s a white wine that really means business, but it is perhaps under represented on Britain’s wine shelves. I was excited to see a version I hadn’t seen before in Majestic.
Marques de Caceres is a reliable supplier of all things Rioja, and this one promised something a little different. There’s some Malvasia in with the Viura and it’s barrel fermented. It also had a ‘buy two bottles save some cash’ sticker, so I did.
It tasted good. There was some soft apple/pearishness and some blossom to go with it, and a smooth creaminess that almost pushed into ice cream at a certain temperature point. It felt quite full, which was fruit drivan as at 13% the alcohol wasn’t dominant.
At £7.50 a bottle this was great value. Sadly when I stopped back in for more they were out of stock, but I’ll keep an eye out for it in the future.