The Haciendas Company for Christmas and all the Year

Peter Morrell samples some of the fine Spanish food available from the Marques de la Concordia family

Our love affair with Spanish wine and food continues unabated and I recently discovered an excellent source of genuine, lovingly made products from the heart of Spain, a foodies dream.

The Haciendas Company brings you the Marques de la Concordia family of wines as well as a range of delicious Spanish cheese, oils meats and charcuterie from their estate in the the Duero valley.

Champions of the Slow Food movement, owning one of the oldest Rioja wineries in Spain and with Cava made using the same process as champagne; The Hacienda’s company don’t mess around when it comes to what they put on their plate or pour into their glass.

I have tried some of their products, they are first class and they all come beautifully packaged. I started with Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. regarded as the very best ham from Spain. It is produced from free roaming pigs whose main diet is Bellota (acorns). The ham had the most incredible depth of flavour laced through with silky slivers of tasty fat.

Next up was sliced Chorizo, again made from Jamón Ibérico de Bellota. This was meaty, very satisfying and had the added piquancy of paprika which accentuated the flavour of the pork.

My third sampling was Queso de Dehesa Curado, made from the milk of Ewes who are grass fed. The 6-12 month maturation time of this unpasteurised cheese really brings out its character. There were strong hints of hay and in the taste with earthy tones and suggestions of nuts. It’s texture was soft and crunchy and it had a pleasant slight sweetness.

Time to move on to the wines and I started with Marques de la Concordia’s Vega de la Reina 2014 made with the Verdejo grape. If you are bored with Sauvignon Blanc then this is a natural successor. It’s light, bright and fresh, catch the melon in the bouquet before enjoying the lemon and lychee notes on the palate. This would make an excellent match with the ham and chorizo.

My second wine was Marques de la Concordia’s Rioja Reserva 2009. Rioja is my favourite red and this wine showed the reason why. Made with a blend of the Grenache and Tempranillo grapes this had lovely aromas of spice and cedar on the nose which developed into powerful dark red fruit flavours in the mouth before leaving a long and strong finish. Drink with slow roast lamb shoulder or pair with the Queso de Dehesa Curado.

The source of all this produce is the beautiful Hacienda Zorita, an estate that also features a luxury hotel. The Hacienda is surrounded by vineyards and is close to the historic city of Salamanca with its spectacular sandstone architecture

With Christmas coming up your best introduction to the Haciendas Company products would be to order the very attractive ‘Taste of Zorita’ hamper which is packed with a representative cross section of their food, wine and olive oil. You could either treat yourself or it would make an idea gift for a foodie friend. You could also order some cheese, wines and cured meats for an impromptu Tapas party over the festive season.

For more information on the Zorita Estate visit www.the-haciendas.com

To order any of the products go to http://the-haciendas.com/warehouse/uk/

To buy the ‘Taste of Zorita’ hamper click here…

Here is the core range of The Haciendas Company:

Cavas

  • Marques de la Concordia MM Seleccion Especial Cava Brut
  • Marques de la Concordia MM Seleccion Especial Brut Rosé (both produced using the traditional champenoise method)

Red wine

  • Lagunilla Rioja Gran Reserva
  • Lagunilla Rioja Reserva
  • Marques de la Concordia Rioja Reserva
  • Hacienda Zorita Tempranillo (Aged in French and American oak)
  • Hacienda Zorita Natural Reserve Syrah (A premium wine, aged for 24 months in new French oak)

White wine

  • Hacienda Zorita Vega de la Reina Verdejo (100% verdejo, harvested at night, multi-award winning, won Best white wine of the world at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012)

Meat

  • Chorizo Iberico Extra De Bellota
  • Jamón Iberico De Bellota

Cheese

  • Risevera Ewe’s Raw Milk Cheese
  • Organic Cheese aged in Syrah Wine
  • Slow Thyme Cheese from Verata Goat
  • Torta De Dehesa – Ewe’s Raw Milk Soft Cheese

Olive Oil

  • Hacienda Zorita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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