2012 Libamus, Dulce de Mencía, Bodegas Godelia, Bierzo, Spain £22 take away, £29.50 drink in, 50cl bottle, The Tapas Room, Tooting Broadway Market and Deptford Market Yard, TheTapasRoom.co.uk
Some years ago I asked the powers that be if they fancied occasional restaurant reviews in MoneyWeek, given that I eat out a lot in the course of my job. The answer was: no, stick to wine! So this is not a restaurant review (honest), but a shopping list of uniquely appealing Spanish wines, all available to buy to take away, or indeed drink in, at a stunning Spanish bar situated in Tooting Broadway Market, and also a newly opened branch of the same business in Deptford Market Yard.
My featured sweet mencía is incredible. Chocolate brownies will never taste the same again without a glass of this insane wine along for the ride. Intensely sweet and stuffed with blackberry and cherry notes, but at the same time, tannic and freshly crisp, this wine is reason enough alone to visit The Tapas Room.
But you must also taste the 2016 Viña Cimbrón Verdejo Selección (£17.50/ £27.50), which brings new gravitas to proceedings for this grape; the 2015 Chafandín Viñas del Jaro Ribera del Duero (£44/£58), which challenges the elite boys’ wines in this region for a fraction of the price; and the 2015 Palamino Mosto En Rama Tosca Cerrada (£21/£33), which is a white wine made with flor, like a sherry – complex and bafflingly beautiful!
I could go on and on, but there is a cornucopia of original and unique flavours on this bar’s list that will be sure to amaze you. Oh, the food is good, too.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).