So, Mallorca... it has been producing wine for ages but only in the last 10 or so years has it began to pop up in the UK. And we have been introduced to some of their local, and groovy, grape varieties. The grape in question here is Mantonegro and is aged in a mixture of French and USA oak barrels for around 6 months, after wild fermentation in stainless steel. All of this culminates in a lovely and vibrant wine but one which has lots going on under the surface. Biodynamic winemaking at its best. Winemaker and owner Barbara is a Balearic citizen having grown up on the island and the passion for her speck of land really shows with this cracking wine.
Forrest fruits. Cherry and plum flavours. Red + dark fruits. Macerated strawberries. Dark chocolate. Hint of violet (which is always a winner in Nick’s book). Herbal element. Leather + balsamic.
All of the above. Medium bodied. Redcurrant and blackberry. Lovely tannins and acidity which integrate nicely. Hint of vanilla oak and that dark chocolate.