This - a 2015 Familia Nin-Ortiz Terra Vermella de Nin - may seem a curious and rather extravagant choice for a midweek glass, and frankly I’d not disagree.
However, I was in the mood for comfort food this evening, so I had cooked up a chicken in tarragon & cream sauce with jersey tatties for us, with some lovely purple sprouting; a rummage through the wine fridge for something suitable didn’t turn up anything immediately obvious, and before I knew it my long-standing curiosity about this wine had got the better of me and opened she was.
It’s a 100% Parellada, a new grape for me. The blurb from Waud Wines where I got it from a while back now says “This wine is beautifully weighted with white fruit, floral notes and delicate nutty and smoky nuances from time spent in barrel. The palate has plenty of fruit concentration and weight, balanced by a crisp acidity. A very elegant white.”
While it certainly stands true to its descriptor, I’d add it has a slightly oxidative quality, not unexpected, and a very fine balance. Quite floral, a slight marzipan thing, not quite as grippy as I had expected, but very interesting & enjoyable, no doubt at all.
I used to cook this particular dish a lot back in the mid-90s when I was back in this country for a year looking after my dad - hence the comfort element for me - and used to enjoy it with a lovely dry Tokaji I used to buy a lot of from Waitrose. That was a gorgeous combination, and is probably a better bet for the creamy tarragony sauce as it was a bit more robust and spicy etc wine.
I’ll enjoy some more of the bottle over the next few nights, with something a bit more delicate tomorrow night; but on initial impressions I probably wouldn’t buy it again as it’s an expensive one for me at £35, and hasn’t really got the wow-factor for my tastes. Certainly scratched an itch to have finally tried it though. Waud do a £30 off first purchase on subscription to the mailing list etc, so in effect almost a free wine.