This is part 2 of my posts about my Lanzarote Trip. See part 1 here.
Following the previous day’s tour and visit to the winery, we had more wine in store at a tasting at Club La Santa itself.
To start with, we got more of the spiel about the unique ways the wine is made.
I think by then the group would have preferred a bit less talking and more drinking, but that was solved by a generous jug of Sangria after the tasting had finished.
Still, we did get to try a wine from El Grifo, the oldest and most well known of the wines from Lanzarote.
There was also Yaiza, who serve their wines in a very funky, youthful bottle. They would not get away with this in Bordeaux. As for the taste, it reminded me of drinking Lambrini as a student, which is not a good thing as it’s slightly more expensive than £4.
Still, if you like semi-sweet wines then you could do a lot worse.
Top 3 wines tried and recommended:
- Vulcano de Lanzarote, Malvasia Volcánica Roble (bottom left)
- Rubicon Amalia Malvasia (top middle)
- El Grifo, Malvasia Collection 2015 (bottom middle)
With these whites you can expect to understand the Lanzarote DO and the use of the Malvasia grape.
The Vulcano Roble has had 6 months in oak, and this lends some sweetness in the finish. The wine matched very well to asian flavours of a tuna tataki dish at Amendoa restaurant in La Santa village, our meal out on our last night.
Sadly, as the flight was hand luggage only, I was unable to bring any wine back with me due to the extortionate airport prices, which are more than double than you can find elsewhere on the island.
You should be looking at €10-13 for these wines maximum, but are best enjoyed young, fresh and on the island itself.