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Gallinas & Focas

2011, Made by 4Kilos for the Amadip Esment Foundation

Varieties: 80% Manto Negre, 20% Syrah
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Price: around €20, available at Can Teresa and Ensenyat (Pollensa) or at the Amadip Esment restaurant in Palma

TOTN Tasting Notes: The nose is a wonderul mix of Provencal notes and a dry earthiness that tells you that these grapes come from somewhere warm. The colour is not so dense as some of the other wines in their range but the palate certainly has the fruit and chewy character that you come to associate with Vinicole 4 Kilos. Well made, with a real sense of place, and for a good cause - what’s not to like?

Amadip Esment is an organization for people with intellectual disabilities and their families who want to enjoy and improve their quality of life, ensuring they have the same opportunities as everyone else. Amadip Esment members were actively involved in the winemaking process with the 4 Kilos team.
The name Gallinas & Focas came about after a brainstorming session with amadip.esment members. When asked why they had chosen that name, the answer was clear: “the chickens are fun and seals clap”. At the same time the team were asked to draw the chickens and seals, subsequently these drawings would serve as the distinctive label.

Featured in TOTN 17.7.14

Bla Bla Bla

Terra de la Flanis, 2012, Felanitx

Varieties: 100% Premsal 
Alcohol: 12% vol.
Price: €8.50

The Process: A small-scale production, the grapes are harvested by hand in small 10kg boxes. They are then individually selected at the Bodega. A 10-hour maceration process is followed by soft pressing and careful racking. Fermentation takes place at 16C, over 8 months – half the time in French oak barrels, the other half in cement tanks.

 TOTN Tasting Notes: The nose on this wine is really quite distinctive with loads of vanilla, white peach and apricot fruit, it’s very appealing indeed. The palate is a little simple but still very pleasant and if chilled properly has a nice clean finish. Not a particularly long finish, this is a very good example of the indigenous premsal grape.

As with its sister, red wine Muac, Bla Bla Bla has a quirky and eye-catching label designed by Mallorquin cartoonist and writer, Pere Joan. In fact, Terra del Falanis uses this unique style in all its communications and we’re big fans.

Featured in TOTN 3.7.14

Pere Seda Rosat Novell

Collita 2013, Pla I Llevant

Varieties: Tempranillo, Callet and Merlot.
Alcohol: 12% vol.

Price: €5.50

The Winery: The largest winery in the Pla i Llevant, Pere Seda has a great reputation having been awarded with Spanish and international prizes. It is over 100 years old but takes great pride in keeping its technology up to date to produce its modern wines.
TOTN Tasting Notes: A proper rosé with juicy, bright red fruit on the nose and a palate that’s very moreish. Delicious and perfect for drinking chilled while lazing by the pool or as a quick aperitif before dinner. Not the most complex but sometimes you don’t need a wine that challenges you with depth, just something that gives instant pleasure.

Featured in TOTN 19.6.14

Muac! 2011

Terra de Falanis

Varieties: 35% Callet, 35% Manto negre, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alcohol: 14.5% vol.

Price: €9.80

Process: Harvested by hand in little boxes (10kgs) before being manually sorted. Fermentation is in temperature controlled stainess steel tanks before spending 7 months in French barrels.
TOTN Tasting Notes: Muac! has a lovely sweet strawberry nose with a touch of rosemary underneath. On the palate the ripeness continues alongside a charming tarry character. The tannins are gentle and very light in structure, with a well-balanced acidity. We particularly like the label. Designed by Mallorquin cartoonist and writer, Pere Joan, the label depicts a couple kissing, demonstrating a big Muac! (the sound of a kiss in Spanish).

Featured in TOTN 5.6.14

Fira del Vi: The Highlights

There were a serious number of wines to taste at the fair, we focused on the reds and present our highlights of the fair here. 

Miquel Oliver’s ‘Xperiment’ label is quite unique. Each year the bodega produces a different wine that may have undergone an unusual fermentation or perhaps originates from a particularly special terroir, or could even be made entirely from a varietal that is rarely used unblended. This is the case with the 2011 Xperiment which we tried at the fair. Made from 100% old Callet vines this spicy, round red has a brilliant, primary juiciness about it but with a very ripe tannin structure underneath to hold it all in place. There aren’t many opportunities to taste pure Callet but after this example we recommend you track it down. 

When first tasting Mesquida Mora’s range of wines it felt like a discovery, but when you hear that the family behind this brilliant estate have been making wines since the 16th century you feel a little more humbled. The ‘Trispol’ was the highlight of their very distinct range with a little more masculinity and density than some of the other wines we tasted. Superbly made, it is interesting to note that the vineyards are biodynamically farmed.

The Butxet 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is an impressive wine. Not at all flashy, this fresh young wine from Muro expresses a genuine individuality with this well-known grape. Located close to the Albufera Reserve this is an unusual region to make good red but the warmth and good soil mean they have managed to produce a very good range indeed.

Featured in TOTN 8.5.14

4 Kilos 2012

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4 Kilos refers to the 4 million peseta investment made by owners, Francesc Grimalt and Sergio Caballero. This modest investment proves that a good wine is not all about the money behind it, rather its ambition for quality and a passion for the product that matters. So it is no surprise that 4 Kilos and its sister wine, 12 Volts, is rapidly building critical acclaim worldwide. The quirky design of the wine labels and the avant garde videos the winery produces make 4 Kilos a favourite of the TOTN team. When the 2012 vintage was released at the beginning of April we were instantly drawn to it yet again. It was so good, it is this week’s Wine of the Week.

Varieties: Callet 90%, Manto Negro 10%

Alcohol: 13% vol.

Production: 16,000 bottles, 300 magnums

TOTN Tasting Notes: Infanticide really to drink the 2012 now but as always the 4 Kilos wines are difficult to resist. It has a lovely broad nose that shows both bright fruit and some floral notes. The palate is a little different from previous vintages (perhaps due to the high percentage of Callet), being not so dense and rich but with a mineral character coming through.   

Featured in TOTN 24.4.14

L'U Negre 2009, Mortitx

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Mortitx is a story of community and passion. A brainchild of a group of local wine lovers who pooled their savings to create a vineyard of their own, Mortitx is jointly owned by 53 Pollencians. The first vines were planted in 2001, four years later the first vintage made it to the shelves. 

The highest vineyards in Mallorca at 390 m above sea level, Mortitx’s 20 acres are hugged by the Tramuntana and open to the north. The sea breeze has a free passage and brings along with it minerals which are deposited directly to the vines planted in one of the wettest places in Spain. The Bodega produce a stellar portfolio ranging from entry level to the premium barrel-aged wines. One of which is our first ‘Wine of the Week’.

L’U Negre 2009
Varieties: Syrah 58%, Cabernet 28%, Merlot 14% 
Degrees: 14% vol.
Production: 4,800 bottles
Process: Selecting the best in the vineyard, all the vines are harvested by hand and fermented separately. The soaking time varies between two or three weeks. When fermentation is finished, it’s aged in the best French oak barrels over 15 months.TOTN Tasting Notes: Rich nose of brambly, dark fruit framed by toasty French oak. The richness comes through again on the palate alongside a ripe but firm tannic grip. Very well made, balanced and elegant.

Mortitx is open Monday-Saturday for vineyard tours, wine-tasting, cellar visits and sales. Call +34 971 182 339 to confirm.

Featured in TOTN 10.4.14