The Vigneview Verdict
As I was so impressed with the Alcanta tinto blend of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, I just had to buy this bottle of Bocopa Bodegas Alcanta Vino Blanco 2020 blend of Merseguera and Macabeo. Once again, priced at just under €2, I had no reason not to try this beautifully floral, fruity wine.
Both Merseguera and Macabeo are protected white grape varieties in the Alicante DOP region. Merseguera is found mostly throughout southeastern Spain along the Mediterranean coast. It is resistant to disease and is a rather easy variety to cultivate. Rarely exported outside of Spain and most often found in blends, this variety lacks acidity and therefore doesn’t create high quality single varietal wines. However, when blended with other grapes varieties, Merseguera adds aromas and flavours of jasmine blossoms, tropical fruit and hints of herbs and fennel. The other variety found within this blend is Macabeo, which is one of the three main grape varieties found in the production of Cava and as well as being white Rioja’s main grape. Also known as Viura, this variety is rarely celebrated in Spain; however, it is definitely a rising star, especially in Rioja. Macabeo adds a floral component to the wine along with green, herbal aromas as well as the essence of almonds. This variety can be a bit tricky to harvest because its acidity levels drop significantly quickly. Timing is critical!
This Bocopa Bodegas Alcanta Vino Blanco 2020 is an easy drinking wine with a generous bouquet of jasmine blossoms, citrus, herbal notes and a subtle hint of almonds. On the palate, you’ll enjoy a moderate refreshing sensation along with further flavours and aromas of lemon, lime, grapefruit, pineapple and fennel on a long lasting finish. Basically, this is the Alicante DO in a bottle!
Enjoy poolside with your favourite light cheese. I chose to enjoy this gorgeous wine with a Tetilla from Galicia. Such a fantastic pairing. The ripe floral and fruitiness of the wine was able to shine through without being overpowered by the cheese.
Producer: Bocopa Bodegas Alcanta Vino Blanco
Region: Alicante DO
Grapes: Merseguera and Macabeo
Price: €1.99 (Consum)
Colour: Medium Lemon
Floral: Jasmine blossoms
Citrus: Lemon, lime and grapefruit
Tropical fruit: Pineapple
Vegetal notes: Fennel
Drinking Window: Drink now until 2022