El Circo Macabeo 2017, Cariñena

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El Circo Macabeo 2017, Cariñena
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The wines of Cariñena first received their royal seal of approval in 1415 when the King of Spain suggested that Fernando 1 of Aragon take some on his trip to Nice. Today the region is perhaps dwarfed in stature by its better known neighbours Rioja and Priorat yet represents brilliant value for money. This Macabeo is made by the local cooperative and is beautifully fresh and light, with some richer tropical notes on the palate.

Buy this if….you want a fresh, food friendly white which doesn’t break the bank.

Top 20 Best-Selling White Wine
Spain's go-to white grape for light, easy-drinking styles, this is fresh, juicy and brimming with fruit salad flavours
2 review(s)

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Grape Variety





ArrayFruity Dry White, Unoaked White



Food Match

ArrayChicken, Vegetarian, White Fish

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The Producer

The history of Cariñena has been closely related with wine for many centuries and the reputation of its wines are now being recognised around the world. In 1415 when the King of Spain heard that Fernando 1 of Aragon was planning a trip to Nice he asked Fernando to take with him some of the wines from Cariñena. In 2002 a new modern winery was built with state of the art facilities but keeping many of the good traditions of Spanish winemaking.
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Tom Cannavan Reviews

Don't just take our word for it; here's what wine writer Tom Cannavan has to say:

"From Cariñena in northern Spain, a wine made from Macabeo, AKA the Viura variety of white Rioja. It's also one of the main varieties used to produce Cava, and all of those are appearing in more and more, usually very interesting, dry white wines. With only 11% alcohol this is fleet of foot and nimble, as befits a malabarista (juggler). Vivid with crunchy pear melting into mango, nectarine and full-on tropical fruit, the palate is cool and clean, elegant lemon zest acidity pushing the finish on. A lovely sipper, but seafood and fish most certainly in the frame."

The Region

The co-operative has numerous vineyards with different microclimates and altitudes ranging from 320 to 850 metres above sea level. The continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers, is mitigated by a beneficial cool and dry wind, the Cierzo, which blows through the vineyards all year long and ensures the grapes are unaffected by mould or rot. Due to the altitude, age of vines and large diurnal variation, the wines have good intensity and achieve ripeness while retaining their acidity.
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Decent wine

There is nothing bad about this wine. It is fresh, light and has a slight tropical fruit taste.
Not a stunner but worth a punt.

By Douglas on 10th April 2019


A real bargain

Lovely fresh and fruity wine from a grape I had not previously tried. A real bargain at the currently discounted price.

By Steve on 21st June 2018

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Fish Tacos

A brilliant way to jazz up any firm white fish, these quick tacos make a good lunch or sharing option - add a cool glass of crisp fruity white for good measure. We'd recommend our El Circo Macabeo, it's bright and beautiful.
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Chilean Fish Stew

Pair rich fish stews with vibrant, zesty whites which have enough fruit flavour to balance out the punchy garlic, herbs and tomatoes. This dish is calling for Spanish white wine. So why not give the El Circo range ago?
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Salmon and Grains

This ultra-healthy herby number needs a fruity, citrussy white to draw out the nuttiness of the wild rice, something like our El Circo Macabeo.
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