Ribera del Guadiana & Pago Los Balancines – Mata Negra 2012

by  |  24-03-2016

This bottle was another random find at Lidl which is quickly becoming my go-to shop for playing “Wine Roulette”. To be embarrassingly honest, I thought it was a bottle from Ribera del Duero and while I don’t often seek out those wines either, I thought, “Sure, why not, let’s see what this is like.” It was only once I got home that I looked closer to see that it’s actually a wine from Ribera del Guadiana. This DO was completely unknown to me as a) it’s in Extremadura which might as well be Portugal when you live in Catalonia and b) it’s a DO that looks to be the size of La Mancha. The second point is important because as we move towards typicity and defining wines in a more finite manner, a DO with 28,000ha of vineyards is anything but. It’s typical of how the Spanish authorities had worked […]
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