El Carro 2011

Producer: Viñedos Culturales
Wine Name: El Carro
Type: White
Wine Region/ Appellation Alicante  
Vintage: 2011
Grape varieties: 100% Moscatel de Alejandría (Muscat)
Alcohol: 12%
Guide Price: 9 €

Our Rating: ++++++ (6)

Here is the third Spanish Wine under 10 Euros according to our Ranking.

About the area

Vineyard located in the La Mata Natural Park in Torrevieja, a seaside city located on the Costa Blanca. This area forms part of the Alicante province, in south-eastern Spain.

The soil is originally quaternary with sandy texture, low organic matter content, a high percentage of this soil produces carbonates . The vineyards seat on coastal dunes over fossils, its high sand contents (80%) allowed ​​them to survive the phylloxera epidemic.

Using “Vigneron” Rafael Bernabé’s own words: “ If the inland Alicante vineyards are the children of the sun and light, La Mata’s vineyard is the child of the sun, the Mediterranean light and its sea breezes. This is its one great secret.

About the wine

30 year old Vineyards, located at sea level. The producer follows Organic farming principles; it doesn’t use pesticides or synthetic products.

Grape selection takes place at the cellar. Grapes are treaded and  cold pressed with a vertical screw press.  Fermentation takes place in 500 litres new French oak barrels using yeasts. Partial malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel too. It is then aged between 4 and 6 months, half the time in 500 litre barrels and the other half in steel tanks. No batonnage.

This wine was bottled in March 2012.It was vinified with the minimal SO2 addition, using the vineyard’s own yeast, without enzymes or bacteria, no clarification and filtering, all done with the minimum intervention


Golden yellow, slightly gold-fish color. Intense nose blending white flower, grapefruit, gunpowder, grass and fennel. 

Creamy at first, but  rapidly becomes cutting and grinding. Dry acidity, with tannins and citrus fruits. Complex. Very dry and bitter. A hurricane of feelings on the palate, vibrant, deep and persistent.

A great dry Muscat, highly recommended with pork or lamb dishes.


Albamar 2011

Producer: Xurxo Alba
Wine Name: Albamar
Type: White
Wine Region/ Appellation Rías Baixas
Vintage: 2011
Grape varieties: 100% Albariño
Alcohol: 13%
Guide Price: 9 €

Our Rating: ++++++ (6)

Albamar is the Best Spanish Wine under 10 Euros according to our Ranking.

About the area

See previous post about Rias Baixas

Albamar wines come from the Salnés area.

Val do Salnés (The Salnés Valley) is located on the lower reaches of river Umia and is cantered around the town of Cambados. The landscape is of low undulating hills and vineyards are planted both on the slopes and on the flat valley floors. The soil is sandy and alluvial.

About the wine

Most of the vines for the basic Albamar were planted in the 1980s, a few steps away from the sea.

After a short maceration, comes a light crush. Fermentation is done at controlled temperature and takes place in stainless steel tanks. Finally it is aged on its lees for five months.


Light yellow and green reflections. Fresh, clean and intense nose, blending aromas of ripe citrus fruit and seaside, roses and crème brûlée . 

Fresh and clean again on the palate, vibrant. Salty. Leaves herb and mineral notes.  Excellent balance between acidity and alcohol. Deep and persistent.

A great albariño that will be the perfect companion for tuna tataki or roasted chicken.