The new 2011 vintage arrived, November 2013….a little sweeter and subtler than the 2009. More tasting notes to follow early in 2014.
On the 17th June 2011, I tasted this wine with Araceli and she told me:
“ The player in the team gives the fruit.”
She is refering to the grape, Mantonegra, which is an indigenous grape to this Mediterranean island. Its a lovely grape, it really gives this wine some wonderful fruit and intensity.
50-60% Mantonegra, 30% Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot make up the last 10%.
Mr Whirly says:
“ Plums, lovely fresh fruit, tabacco, great balance, intricate details, very exciting wine. A lovely sweet middle to the wine acquired from the Mantonegra grape, a berry found on this island.”
Winemaker’s tasting notes:
“ Since the beginning, our main concern when making this wine has been to capture the primary, fruity features of the Manto Negro grape.
And so, with a clear objective and after manually selecting the grapes (to overcome any variability in ripening of the young plants), the wine is fermented at moderate temperatures (~27º C) to avoid over-maceration. We then age some of the wine in 3 to 4- year-old casks, which enables us to prevent the excessive liberation of tertiary aromas or a hardening that the wine would not be able to survive. Blending this aged wine with another part of the wine that has been stored in stainless steel tanks intensifies its primary aromatic potential
The result can be found in its varietal aromas such as fresh red fruit (like blackberries or strawberries) and its mineral and spicy touches. A balanced palate once again emphasises the freshness of the fruit and the wine has a pleasant finish.
Alc vol: 14.5%