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Perez Burton Rioja 2007

Rioja Perez Burton Spain Marks & Spencer Mixed Case Chris Murphy’s favourites £45 Natural Cork 13.5% On opening this bottle
Posted 17th September 2010        
     

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Rioja
Perez Burton
Spain
Marks & Spencer
Mixed Case
Chris Murphy’s favourites
£45
Natural Cork
13.5%

On opening this bottle the initial aroma was of Spain – Castanets, Bullfights, Sun, Sand, Sea and Tapas.

The label is typically Spanish, with attractive character which immediately draws you to it. This reminds you of swirly dresses worn by flamenco dancers.

A really tasty medium bodied, prune coloured Rioja wine with flavours of delicious bruised red fruits. A very inviting, elegant, fragrant and well balanced wine, with sophisticated tannins. A brilliant youthful glugger, with a veneer of vanilla.

5 words I would use to describe this wine – Lush, Warm, Welcoming, Juicy and Intense.

The tempranillo grape vines only need a short growing season and they can withstand heat but prefer a cooler climate. They also have a low resistence to pests and disease. Tempranillo translates as ‘little early one’.

I had this wine with a platter of cheeses with good strong tastes, Manchego and Stilton to name but two and it stood up very well indeed!

A classy and elegant red wine without tears, easy to quaff. 9/10

     

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Meet the Author:
Julie & Neil Swift
This wine was reviewed by Julie and Neil Swift, both 51 years of age, and we have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.