On the pour: Mustiguillo’s Merseguera
Author: Tatiana Humphreys
2015 Finca Calvestra, Merseguera, Bodega Mustiguillo, Valencia, Spain
What is it? This white hails from the area around Valencia in Spain, made with the little-known Merseguera grape. This local Valencian variety is often used to produce fairly bland whites; however, that is not the case chez Bodega Mustiguillo. When made well, Merseguera tastes a little like Albariño.
Why’s it different? Spanish whites often play second fiddle to the famous reds, but this is changing. Passionate, dynamic winemakers from lesser known areas, such as Valencia, are making interesting wines with local varieties. Mustiguillo farms this fruit organically, ageing it on lees in barrel to give the wine a round and creamy mouth-feel. Notes of ripe peach and apricot fill the nose, followed by orange peel and blossom; while on the palate zingy acidity is matched by a rich, weighty texture.
What should I eat with it? The joy of this wine lies in its versatility; try it alone or with food, alongside white fish and chicken (perhaps cooked with olives and/or capers).
How much? £1 for a taste, £19.75 for a bottle