This is one of M&S’ very cheapest offerings, at just £4.99 per bottle and the name means ‘fireworks’. But would it have us all gasping with delight, or just prove to be a bit standard?
If the region is anything to go by, it could be spectacular (for the price). It’s from Utiel-Requeña, in the East of Spain by the city of Valencia. With plenty of heat and low overheads, this place has built a reputation for producing a variety of decent red wines at keen prices.
Las Falleras red is made with the little-known Bobal grape, which is a speciality of Utiel-Requeña. The label promises cherry fruit, along with a herby-peppery flavour, and M&S have got this spot on. That pepper is particularly distinctive, and will surprise anyone who hadn’t read the tasting notes (or anyone who just didn’t believe them). There’s also a pleasant, clean, delicate acidity, which makes the wine vibrant and dangerously addictive.
It’s probably best avoided by those who insist on their reds having some oomph. Las Falleras is very light-bodied (some might say ‘thin’), and has virtually no tannin (so none of that mouth-drying sensation). I’d suggest it as a change for anyone who’s into Beaujolais, or perhaps pinot noirs. I’d probably also point you in its direction if you normally avoid reds and want a steady, gentle introduction to them. Then again, the bottle suggests it’s a great accompaniment to a range of ‘simple foods’, and that’s probably a fair recommendation too. I guess what I’m saying is, it’s pretty versatile.
I can’t think of any other wine I’ve tasted that could hold a (roman) candle to Las Falleras for sheer value for money. If it sounds like it could light up your evening, grab it before the price goes rocketing!