In recent years, Spain's many Michelin starred restaurants, such as the late lamented El Bulli, have led the way in culinary exploration. Now winemakers are looking to inspire and innovate in the same way. This modern Merlot is one of a new breed seducing wine drinkers the world over with its easy drinking charm. It comes from the high altitude vineyards of inland Valencia, where soils are poor (just what the vine needs), and abundant sunshine by day and cool nights help the grapes retain their freshness. John Radford (The New Spain) writes: "Spanish wine is more vibrant, happening and fascinating than it has ever been" - a fact perfectly illustrated here. Smooth enough to enjoy alone, it's also great with lamb kebabs or roasted vegetables.