Bobal ‘Icon’, Vega Tolosa, DO Manchuela
Made with fruit picked from 80+ year old vines, this is a deeply-flavoured wine of terrific value. Fuller in body than some but with more elegance than one might expect for a wine of this controlled power. Spiced fruit – black cherry and dark plum – are obvious, as is the delicious ripple of herbs found at the wine’s core and the crunch of black pepper on the finish. Rich and meaty dishes may seem the obvious culinary partner but try it with stronger-flavoured Spanish cheese such as a well-aged Manchego for a delicious twist.