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Oveja Blanca Muscat

The Experience

Drink When...
Bopping like an idiot
Listen To...
Afro left by Leftfield
Think About...
Going Leftfield
Drink With...
Grilled scampi and fennel salad

The Oddbins Take

If Spanish wine regions were bands, you could say that Rioja is Dire Straits – nobody’s going to argue if you put Sultans of Swing on and nobody is going to argue if you bust out some velvety Rioja. But… sometimes you want something a bit more, ooh, Leftfield? In that case, Release the Pressure with Oveja Blanca Muscat – it’s from that least classic of regions, Uclés, from cool vineyards at 700-900 metres altitude. Like Leftfield’s tribal rhythms and canopy of electronic weirdness, this is vivifying in its freshness, interweaving lychees, grapefruit and rose petals. If this doesn’t get you to your feet, nothing will.

The Vital Statistics

Best Drunk Now & Over the Next Year
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
5 g/l
Alcohol Units

In stock



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The Style

Muscat a Petit Grain Rouge (100%)
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

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Fiona Beckett in The Guardian, 1/8/15: "Oveja Blanca, is a heady, scented dry muscat that’s one for gewürztraminer fans, and a good choice to kick off a barbecue; it might even be a decent match for Yotam Ottolenghi’s Thai-spiced lamb chops this week, which would suit an aromatic white much more than a red."

Helen McGinn on Knackered Mothers' Wine Club, 6/10/15: "The Muscat grape is rather on the floral side, with a kind of honeysuckle, rosewater and lychee thing going on. This one, from the Ucles region in central Spain, is gorgeous. Fresh, a touch flowery but not so much that it looks out of season. You can't miss the label, it's got a funny looking sheep on the front (oveja blanca means white sheep). Brilliant for brightening up these dark nights and a simple fishcake supper."

Based in Castilla la Mancha, Central Spain, Fontana Bodegas owns 600 and manages 400 hectares of high-altitude, sustainably farmed vineyards. The wines from Uclés, which include Oveja Tinta, are grown at a height of 700-900 metres. The winemaking team of oenologist Tomás Buendia and Master of Wine Sam Harrop aim to produce wines that offer an interesting modern take on local wine traditions, giving both a sense of place and remarkable value.

Fontana manages its estates sustainably, applying technology judiciously where it is felt to make a contribution to more responsible agriculture, and where it will help to craft more authentic and expressive wines.

This is an elegant example of Dry Muscat, showing the freshness and balance of high altitude vineyards. Pale, bright yellow, intensely aromatic and expressive on the nose, with aromas reminiscent of lychees, grapefruit and rose petals. Light bodied and very fresh on the palate, the intense fruit perfectly balanced by the crisp acidity and a dry, mineral finish. A great aperitif and alternative to more mainstream grape varieties, to match dishes with personality.