Been looking forward to trying this Hachón Ribera del Duero from the latest Lidl ‘Iberian Wine Tour’ and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at the quality even with it being at the top end of Lidl’s range of wines at £8.99.
A wine that originates in northern Spain around the wine region of Castilla y Leon and is made from predominately Tempranillo grapes (sometimes referred to as Tinto Fino) but with a more deeper colour and intense style than wines generally from the Rioja region. Listen, I really enjoy Rioja and there are some fabulous wines around but Ribera just offers a alternative style and this Hachón illustrates this perfectly.
Hachón Reserva 2015 – Ribera del Duero
When I first poured this I was struck by the colour which was a very deep ruby and with the heady perfumed aromas of dark berries from a summer forest. Taste wise again the sweet forest fruits are prominent but there is also some spice, liquorice, rich dark chocolate and tobacco along with a little creamy vanilla. Tannins were there but didn’t intrude and there was some acidity, beware though , this is 14% abv but to be honest, I didn’t notice the alcohol as this was going down far too easily (Lol).
Another good wine from the Iberian tour and that completes the Spanish wines I got, now on to the Portuguese offerings, watch this space.
NB: Another Hachón wine this time a white Verdejo, if you can still find it is worth a shout and a good introduction to what Verdejo is all about, see here… Hachon Verdejo