11 tasty white wines for when the heat takes away your desire for red wine

When the heat gets hot, you want something cool, if possible, fresh from the freezer. And red wines, in general, at this time of the year, even if you put them in for a while so that they are at a drinkable temperature, are too heavy for many people.

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But, when it comes to food, light whites don’t usually pair very well with powerful food either. That’s why whites aged on lees or in barrels are the perfect allies, because they have the smoothness, the power, the intensity of flavours, the glycerine and the fat in the mouth to accompany even a steak or game stews and, of course, tasty rice dishes, without faltering.

So here we bring you a selection of some of the delicacies that there are by different Designations of Origin of Spain.

From 6 to 14 euros

Hibeta verdejo, from the Gónzalez Cabezas winery, is a verdejo from the Manchuela DO that has nothing to do with those from Rueda, but has a personality of its own, with a broad floral and citric palate, with a touch of minerality and unctuousness given by the lees to increase complexity, so that you can eat it with a steak without the structure taking away from its freshness. 12.5% Vol. 6 euros.

La casilla de Adrián white, from Bodega Moratalla, also from DO Manchuela, is a delicious Macabeo aged in tank on lees to give it volume, between six and eight months in barrel plus its subsequent evolution in bottle. A great blThis is a very gastronomic wine with dried fruits, ripe fruit and a round acidity that caresses your tongue while you eat a good roast in peace and quiet. 13% Vol. 9.85 euros.

Izadi white is the only Rioja with six native varieties of the Rioja Alavesa: namely, viura, malvasía, white garnacha, white tempranillo, white tempranillo, white maturana and torrontés that Izadi wineries have experimented in small fermentation tanks, fudres, concrete eggs, reaching a maturation of six months in barrels. 13% Vol. 10 euros.

Blas Muñoz Chardonnay 2020 is a delicate white from Bodegas Muñoz, in DO La Mancha, fermented and aged in oak for six months, powerful, glyceric, velvety, with lots of white fruit and the typical pastry aromas of barrel aging. You can put whatever you want to eat, a great ally. 14.40% Vol. 12.50 euros.

Font Jui Xarel.lo 2017 is a xarel.lo from Gramona (Penedés) that ferments and ages in 300-litre French oak barrels with its lees for three months. As a result, it is full-bodied and unctuous, with a pleasant amalgam of fruity, toasty, mineral and even saline touches. The nose is also complex, like strolling through the countryside in the DO Penedès with those Mediterranean influences and lots of spices. 12% Vol. About 12.50 euros.

Bermejo Malvasia Seco is a volcanic malvasia from Bodega Los Bermejo, with notes of jasmine and citrus, very fresh on the nose thanks to the sea breezes.s that provoke the need for heroic viticulture in the DO Lanzarote; and with a smooth and glyceric step, round, dry and mineral, with a certain salinity that invites you to keep eating. 13,5% Vol. 13-14 euros.

The excellent ones over 15 euros

Peñalba López Blanco 2019, from Finca Torremilanos, in Aranda de Duero, which, being made from varieties not authorized by the Ribera del Duero DO, comes out as a VT from Castilla y León. A blend of chardonnay, viura and albillo mayor, all from old vineyards and fermented in French oak barrels. It is finished off with 24 months ageing on lees which gives it aromatic complexity, unctuousness and harmony with an interesting honey aftertaste. 13.5% Vol. 16 euros.

Momentos, from Bodegas Ferrera, DO Valle de Güimar, is an 80% aromatic malvasía and 20% albillo criollo, fermented in barrels and then aged for three months on lees with a battonage that gives it a powerful structure, unctuous, full-bodied and long aftertaste to sustain a roasted black pig typical of Tenerife, where the malvasía stands out for its aromatic intensity, in which coconut, vanilla and white and tropical fruits stand out. 13% Vol. 18 euros.

La Jefa 2018, new from Bodega Matsu, DO Toro, in Zamora, is an exquisite white with 14 months in barrel that is pure aromatic explosion, hay, wheat field, bakery; and then dances sublime by the taste buds mellow, creamy, glyceric, round and refreshing at the same time mineral and with a little metallic touch. Sensational now, but also for ageing. 13% Vol. 19,95 euros.

Viñátigo Malvasía Clásico 2009 is a sweet white Malvasía aromatic Malvasía very concentrated already from the vine in the Bodega Viñátigo, DO Ycoden Daute Isora, aged for 18 months on lees in a barrel mix, from where it comes out balanced, persistent, unctuous, raisined, with hints of caramel, toasted and a delicious background to accompany appetizers, foie and cheeses. 15% Vol. and 20 euros.

Acacia macabeo, limited edition, from the Madrid Romero winery, DOP Jumilla, is a strong white wine fermented in acacia barrels and aged on its lees for 10 months, a very successful personal challenge of Rosana Madrid, who has created a unique and different wine, pure ripe fruit accompanied, in the natural park of the Carche Valley. 14.5%. 21 euros.

Adorado de Menade Solera, a white wine with biological ageing but not headed, one of those golden wines from Valladolid that we told you about in this report, a wine on the vine with that touch of yeast and bakery on the nose that combines so well with everything, with a refined profile and very tasty and overwhelming on the palate. 15,5% Vol. 49 euros a bottle Magnum of a litre and a half.

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