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WINE OF THE WEEK: Bodegas Martínez Paiva Solo I Cayetana 2018, Ribera del Guadiana, Spain

£14, The Daily Drinker 

A weighty, characterful dry white made from Cayetana Blanca, an old variety that goes under a variety of names in both Spain and Portugal (among them Pardina, Jaén Blanco and Mourisco Branco). Apparently, a lot of Cayetana is used for Brandy de Jerez. I can only hope it's not grapes of the quality that have produced this wine, which is made from 40-year-old vines in the DO of Ribera del Guadiana in Extremadura, southwest Spain.

The aromas are quite low-key – pears, white flowers and spice – but the palate has real substance and resonates with ripe white peach streaked with lime, a rich texture and a hint of earthy spice. Although it's no lightweight, everything is in balance and there's enough spring in its step for it to be a restorative aperitif. That said, it would be good with substantial fish, chicken or pork, cheese dishes and vegetable bakes. 14% 

Bodegas Martínez Paiva Solo Cayetana 2018 

£14, or £12.60 club member price, The Daily Drinker


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