Ark Wine Spain

For our first venture into importing from Spain we chose the region of Utiel- Requena and travelled there (about fifty miles from Valencia) with no idea of the wines. We were treated with great hospitality andintroduced to a family, the Martinez, whose estate, Vera de Estenas, on stony picturesque ground with garden walls and cypresses contains very old bush vines of the Bobal indigenous grape of the area, together with Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Macabeo. The rich plummy Bobal defies classification but it makes lovely red and rose. The white is crisp and most enjoyable. We offer these three wines in the meantime.

Soon to arrive: the Vina Lidon barrique fermented Chardonnay, sparkling methode traditionelle Cava de Estenas Brut Nature, the Martinez Bermell Merlot, the Don Angel Malbec, Vera de Estenas Crianza, the Don Angel Bobal and the paramount Vera de Estenas Reserva. Such treasures of Old Spain are eagerly awaited!




2009 Vera de Estenas Crianza, Requena Utiel, Red, $22.50

Varietal: – Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo.

Taste: - This outstanding still red wine exhibits a healthy dark, deep and dens purple colour with lots of stained tears on the glass; accompanied by a smoky and fruity nose, with layers of balsamic and complex and intense fruit ripeness aroma, the wine, after some minutes in glass opens to a more rich and sweet vanilla, jammy and cedar aroma. Intense and full bodied from the beginning, it has finesse allied to power, loads of ripe tannins and structure, typical young wine who needs some cellaring before maturity and will be drink over the next five years. Nice and long aftertaste remembering the firsts aromas who confirms its cellaring potencial.. Served with Foie. Saffron country rices. Red meats. Manchego cheese. Hunt partridge seasoning. Should be served at 17º

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2007 Vera de Estenas Reserva, Requena Utiel, Red, SOLD OUT BY POPULAR ACCLAIM- NEW SHIPMENT COMING


Varietal: – Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Tempranillo.

Taste: - Light cherry red colour displaying soft cherry to bricky notes. A fresh fruity nose with a clear presence of Cabernet. A touch of woodgrove subtly blending with a well ripened grape. This wine opens into rich warm glace and vanilla aromas when left to breathe. Ripe and dry in the mouth with a tantalising array of flavours, from the soft tannins of new oak to the fruit of the Tempranillo accompanied by a pleasant long finish. Roasted red meats and cheeseboard. Should be served at 17º.

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2011 Vera de Estenas Viña Lidón Chardonnay, Requena Utiel, White,$27.00               

Varietal: – 100% Chardonnay

Taste: - From our own grown chardonnay grapes, a magnificent must is obtained which turns into an unsurpassable wine after being left to ferment in new oak barrels. A reminder of how wonderful white wine can be. This barrel fermentation process is what gives this Chardonnay a special touch. Viña Lidon was the first wine to be barrel fermented in the D.O. of Utiel – Requena. White wine fermented in new oak barrel / two months ageing in barrel, Excellent still white wine, with a light golden color of medium intensity,fresh and green reflects of youngness, and delicate but very present tears in glass.It exhibits a powerful and young fruity nose, very chardonnay, tipical fresh pineapple, some vanilla and a flash of exotic fruit like passion fruit. After some minutes in glass the wine joins sweet scenteds of vanilla, toffe and wood.This wine is dry in mouth, with a lightly acid freshness and a lovely intense ripe vinosity who changes in the aftertaste in some herbal and minty notes.The flavors of the wine go from delicate to dense, in a crescent elegant rank , leaving at the end a fine smoky aftertaste. With a small cellaring it will combine the fruit with the cask smoked aromas to give us a high-class bouquet . It will drink well at least for the next four years. This wine is ideal with casseroles, fish and seafood dishes.

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2010 Vera de Estenas Casa Don Ángel Malbec, Requena Utiel, Red, SOLD OUT BY POPULAR ACCLAIM- NEW SHIPMENT COMING

Varietal: – 100% Malbec

Taste: - Matured in medium toasted double American and French Allier barrels of different makes. Different maturation periods were employed, according to the age of the barrel. The longest being 24 months and the shortest 6 months. Deep garnet cherry in colour. A clean nose and subtle fruit. A deeply intense wine with hints of oak and a delicious meaty finish. Pigeon in “grapa “ sauce, oxtail and snails, fish.

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2010 Vera de Estenas Casa Don Ángel Bobal, Requena Utiel, Red, SOLD OUT BY POPULAR ACCLAIM- NEW SHIPMENT COMING   


Varietal: - 100% Bobal

Taste: - Barrel aged wine. Grapes selected from 100 year old bobal vines, grown on predominantly limy stony conditions which are very suitable for obtaining quality wines.Pruned to produce a low yield, 2kg. per vine, result is an accumulation of the aromatic and polyphenol concentrate. Aged for over a year in new american and 6 months in french oak. Dark cherry red in colour with bricky overtones. A modern – style nose, blending the fragrance of ripe fruit with spice and toast of the barrel. Complex in the mouth, this grape variety makes the wine full-bodied, robust, meatyand rich in sweet tannins. A harmonious aftertaste, lingering and reaffirming the sensations in the mouth. Ideally suited to game,casseroles. Mature cheese and processed meats.

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2010 Vera de Estenas Cava Estenas, Requena Utiel, Red, SOLD OUT BY POPULAR ACCLAIM- NEW SHIPMENT COMING

Varietal: – Macabeo – 70% and Chardonnay Fermented and 30% Matured in Oak                                          

Taste: - This exceptional Cava we get from our own grown Viura and Chardonnay grapes. The special barrel fermentation process gives this Chardonnay a special touch. ESTENAS Cava Brut Nature is one of the best CAVAs from Requena. Extremly bright and clear aspect, with a pale straw and with a hint of green colour, and a great mousse of small and long-lived bubbles, that developes very nice in the glass. Very light, fresh and clean, it has a gourmand touch emerging through the citrus fruit on the nose, quite complex due to a smoky and mineral finish. Very fresh and dry in the first moment, the palate has a rich, up front flavour of smokey and mature fruit, but then cleans up, becomes very lively and youthful, with fine bubbles. Long and yeasty finish with the clear presence of a nice Chardonnay in it.Very long aftertaste which announce a long life bottle that will be better from about a year. It´s a nice aperitive, however you could enjoy during the meal. Fish or Meat.

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