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Bodegas Vegamar Launch their 2015 Wines.

Vegamar Monovarietal Range.

Vegamar Monovarietal Range.

Yesterday lunchtime VÍ vid was invited by  Bodegas Vegamar, based in Calles in the Alto Turia district of DO Valencia, to the launch of the new wines from the 2015 vintage together with a new addition to their monovarietal range.

Technical Director Pablo Ossorio and winemaker Maripaz Quilez introduced the new Rosado made from Merlot as well as talking about developments at the bodega to the specialist press, including VÍ vid.

Pablo, whose second year this is as head of the bodega,  spoke of the progress which has been made highlighting the success in selling the majority of the 2014 vintage as well as the improvements which have been made to the wines from 2015.

Technical Director, Pablo Ossorio.

Technical Director, Pablo Ossorio.

2015 has seen a doubling of the production of grapes, not by increasing yield per hectare but by a combination of better weather and the fact that some newer plantings were now producing grapes for wine production.

The bodega´s introduction of monovarietals and their championing of the regional varieties Merseguera ( white wines ),  Garnacha Tintorera ( red wines )  and Moscatel  ( sweet wines) last year was partly experimental and lessons have been learnt. In particular this year they have tried specific yeasts for fermentation which can enhance the  aromas in the wine.

This technique has worked exceptionally well with the Merseguera which can at times have almost no bouquet ( or nose). With hints of almond and apricot kernels 2015 it is incredibly expressive on the nose with lots of floral and herbal notes, fresh and attractive. In the mouth it was an unctuous wine with good body and a lovely acidity, well-balanced and shows just what can be achieved with the variety.

The Vegamar Team.

The Vegamar Team.

The Sauvignon Blanc also had a very aromatic mediterranean nose for the variety, with tropical fruits as well as floral notes in abundance . In the mouth this was full and round, a big wine.

The third wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc with Moscatel. We have noted a number of white wines from the 2014 vintage made in this style, taking a classic dry variety and blending it with  aromatic notes. These wines are generally big and fruity on the nose but remain dry in the mouth, the art of the exercise being to get the percentage of the second variety correct so that it does not dominate the palate. Moscatel is a classic variety to acheive this but other bodegas use Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay to acheive a similar result. This wine fits the criteria with the freshness of the Sauvignon Blanc (68% ) on the nose and the aromatics of the Moscatel (32%) giving a very pleasant and complex bouquet. In the mouth the acidity was perfect and the wine is rich with a long full finish.

Merlot Rosado

Merlot Rosado

The new wine is a Rosado from the Merlot variety. This is a pale rose colour, very similar to the fashionable French rosés, though not onion skin in colour! On the nose the fruit coming from such a pale wine was remarkable. In the mouth the fruit and acidity combined perfectly to give quite a big , dry rosado that will match well with many dishes but would be very pleasant on its own. A perfect wine for the English market.


The first of the reds is also a pure Merlot and it was here the fruity aromas of the variety are immediately obvious. Plums, herbs and a touch of minerality on the nose were replicated perfectly in the mouth. It is a young wine, intended for drinking now and is certainly very characteristic of the variety.

The second red was a Garnacha Tintorera, a variety which also had started to die out as the vineyards of the Alto Turia from Lliria to the West were being grubbed up and replaced by oranges. We loved the colour, the bouquet which is at the same time fruity and spicy and which in the mouth was very well-balanced, the tannins smooth. This can be such a good variety and Vegamar can take credit for producing a wine which should be very popular.



To finish we also tried the bodega´s Moscatel, a variety which can be incredibly aromatic on the nose with apricot and peach fruit, but in the mouth can be fat and almost oily. This wine has preserved the aromatics but with a lighter touch in the mouth and more residual sugar which makes it more easily drinkable.

Vegamar can be rightly pleased with the 2015 vintage which has produced a selection of wines which as well as being immensely drinkable are a good price for the quality starting at 6€ a bottle.

´The best noses know us and recognise us.¨




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