Really enjoyable visit here earlier today.
We are staying in Seville this week and incorporated a visit to this Bodega alongside a day trip to Cádiz.
We booked in advance, and as it turned out the tour & tasting this morning was just us. The welcome we had was outstanding and Roberto (our guide) was great at keeping my 4 sons interested and entertained throughout.
The winery itself is near to Jerez, in the middle of Sherry country.
However, here they specialise in still red wine with plantings of Merlot, Syrah & Petit Verdot, along with Tintilla de Rota, which I understand is an indigenous grape of this region, widely uprooted in favour of sherry producing grapes, but still grown by a small number of estates in the area.
They also make a still white wine from the Palomino Fino grape.
In addition to their production plantings they have an area of vineyard for experimentation, with many different varieties planted to see how they fare with local hot, dry conditions. Some, such as Pinot Noir & Riesling, do predictably badly. Roberto reported reasonable results with the Sangiovese (but in his words nothing to compete with Tuscany!), and there was clear excitement and enthusiasm re the Malbec trials.
Today they had just harvested a lot of Merlot overnight (by hand) and it was passing through the sorting table & de-stemmer to the stainless steel fermentation tanks during our visit.
Our visit was a tour of the vineyard & winery, followed by a tasting of 4 wines with tapas. The kids were also served tapas & a soft drink.
The Wines + brief notes:
- El Muelle 2018.
100% Palomino Fino, grown on a different vineyard site which they bought a few years ago.
Tropical fruits, pineapple & ripe pear dominate the nose. There is a slight creamy texture to the palate from some lees contact, and then a dry & more mineral finish.
- El Triangulo 2017
100% Tintilla de Rota.
Initial aroma of peppers, followed by lots of blackberry and a bit of black cherry. Very easy to drink, with lovely acidity.
- Garum 2017
Merlot 70%, Syrah 15%, Petit Verdot 15%
Slight spiciness, red fruits dominate, particularly strawberry & raspberry, with hints of coffee, chocolate & leather.
- Samaruco 2016
50% Syrah 50% Petit Verdot
Lovely earthy aromas, with lots of ripe cherry and blackcurrants
The tapas was also superb with roast pork, Iberian ham, & a couple of local cheeses, plus breads & Luis Perez own olive oil.
Overall a wonderful place to visit and one which I would highly recommend to anyone visiting this area.