This is a brilliant wine for the price. Whilst it is something different, there’s nothing really that anyone could take exception to (ok, avid fans of bone dry Sauvignon Blanc may be underwhelmed). As such, it works a treat for summer parties, barbeques and picnics – especially when you forget the corkscrew.
So what’s so special about this wine, and more importantly, what does it taste like? Esmeralda is a blend of Mosacatel (the Spanish name for Muscat) and Gewurtztraminer. Muscat is unusual in that it does still manage to taste of grapes once it’s made into wine; it’s quite perfumed too – think honeysuckle and jasmine. These floral traits also come from Gewurtztraminer, which is also quite ‘tropical’ in taste, but much richer and fuller flavoured than Muscat. Grown at higher altitudes, however, such as Penedes, Catalonia – where super successful wine giant Torres first began – can result in a more delicate wine. Esmeralda is also well balanced in terms of acidity so is quite fresh and crisp, despite the honeyed tones.
We often have this as an aperitif or with light, summery salads. Aromatic wines, such as this one, work well with lightly spiced foods like Smoky Butterbeans.
Note that both Majestic and Waitrose also sell this wine – look out for discounts!
At a glance
- Style? Off-dry white wine
- Where is it from? Catalonia, Spain
- What’s the grape? 85% Moscatel, 15% Gewurtztraminer
- Tastes of? Ripe pears, grapes, floral
- What food would complement it? On it’s own or with salads/lightly spiced dishes