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Benchmark Wines is Singapore's # 1 online retailer of Spanish wine. Check out our wide selection of Spanish wines from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro, Priorat, Navarra, Cariñena, La Mancha, Valdepeñas, Rías Baixas (Albariño), Rueda and Penedès. Those that are unfamiliar with Spanish wines and terminology, please refer below.
JOVEN: A term potentially applied to any DO or DOC wine; typically the wine spends little or no time in oak barrels and is sold as a fresh and fruity wine.
ROBLE: Literally “oak,” but this term can appear upon a label, most often, of a Joven wine; it informs the buyer that the wine has spent at least a little time in barrel.
CRIANZA: Any DO or DOC red wine that has been aged a minimum of 24 months, with at least six months in barrel. In the regions of Navarra, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero, that minimum oak barrel time is one year. All white Crianza wines must be aged for one year, with at least six months in barrel.
RESERVA: Any DO or DOC red wine that has been aged a minimum of 36 months, with at least one year in oak barrel. White wines must be two years old, with six months in oak barrel.
GRAN RESERVA: Any DO or DOC red wine that has been aged a minimum of five years, with at least one and a half years in barrel. In the regions of Navarra, Rioja, and Ribera del Duero, that minimum barrel time is two years. White wines must be four years old, with at least six months in oak barrel. With Cava, any Gran Reserva has spent at least thirty months on the lees.
Macabeo (or Viura in Rioja) is a white wine grape used in the north & east of Spain.
A relatively versatile grape, Macabeo wines are fresh, floral & aromatic.
Spain is unquestionably Macabeo's homeland, most obviously in the northern regions. It is the principal ingredient in white wines from Rioja,
Fresh, fresh and bursting with delicious flavours. I am a sexy, lively and jovial wine, and you should enjoy me in my youth.
Yellow-green straw-like tones, very bright. Fruity in the nose, with aromas of apple, a touch of citrus fruit and a nutty base. Soft and fresh entry, smooth and lingering, good medium body, with excellent harmony between acidity and fruit. Lingering, with excellent notes of soft fruits, with a very pleasant finish.
Tempranillo is a red grape variety which forms the backbone of some of the finest wines from Spain & Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja has Tempranillo at its core.
Tempranillo means "little early one", a name given to it by Spanish growers who observed its habit of ripening earlier than Garnacha (Grenache), its traditional Spanish blending partner.
Clean and bright. Cherry red color with a youthful violet rim. It is fresh, fruity and intense, with jovial tannin. It is easy to drink.
Tropical freshness, silky and gentle. Aged on its lees, cuddled and cared for preserving the elegance and aromatic complexity of this sublime Verdejo.
Pale straw yellow colour with greenish hues. In the nose it is complex and intense with a strong presence of the hay aromas characteristic of the Verdejo variety, which give way to subtle notes of white flowers and white fruit such as apple. Elegant, intense and fatty, with strong acidity and bitter finish characteristic of the variety.
Shows a brilliant yellow color with greenish reflexes. The medium-high aromatic intensity with very clean aromas. On the palate, it is fresh and lingering, acutely scented, with hints of tropical fruits, sharp apples, and peaches.
Surprisingly, "Baronesc". Its 4 months of barrel ageing only tames its' robust and youthful palate.
Intense purple colour with cherry red hues. Fresh nose with plum, cherry and smooth red peppers notes from Cabernet and Merlot. Combined notes with roasted coffee, coconut, honey and vanilla notes given by the French and American oak barrel. Fresh and round- mouth wine with a final astringent touch.