One of the danes ' favourite holiday destination is Majorca, which is located in the northwestern part of the Mediterranean. A beautiful island, known primarily for beautiful beaches and small, charming villages. But the island is also doing some of the most exciting Spanish wines, there are probably not many who think about.
Mallorca consists of two official DO's, Binissalem Mallorca and Pla in Llevant, as well as six Vinos de la Tierra-districts (VdlT): Illa de Menorca, Mallorca, Serra de Tramuntana-Costa Nord, Elvissa (Ibiza), Formentera, as well as the Illes Balears.
We have been producing wine in Mallorca and the other islands in the area since the 121 f.Kr., when Quintus Caecilius Metellus was the ruler of the islands. At the time, the wines in the writings compared with the best Italian. Production continued through the next millennia, and even during the arab rule, where the qur'an otherwise prohibited wine, the quality is reportedly top notch. Has since continued the regime from Aragón to develop wine production on the islands. As vinlusen hit Europe and France in particular, was there a massive demand for wine, and for the period from 1865 to 1890, the number of vineyards in Mallorca explosive. In 1891 there were only from Mallorca sold 50 million liters of wine to France and the rest of Spain. But the year after came vinlusen, and destroyed everything that was built up.
the Number of vineyards fell dramatically, and the people fled from the islands, as the wine was, until then, had been the primary source of income. The wine, which was produced, could only be marketed on the island. The neighbors in western spain, northern France and Østitalien was self-sufficient, so the export was not possible at the time. In 1960 started mass tourism, and a part changed on the islands. All of a sudden, could the wines be marketed to tourists at local restaurants, and several chose to take Mallorcavin home in the suitcase. The downside was that the demand was so great that the quality was set across the track. Just it was wine with a high alcohol content, were the tourists and the restaurants happy. But at the end of the 1990s, something happened. It was especially the houses An Negra and later 4Kilos, which in turn created attention for the wines from Mallorca. Wines, where you wagered on the local grapes, and where you worked with kvalitetsfade. An Negra, meaning the black soul, was born already in 1994 by three friends who thought it might be possible again to make topvin in Mallorca. Miquel Angel had a past from the Priorat, and Francesc Grimalt had just inherited a dairy. Thus were the prerequisites in order. The house buying mainly its grapes from local peasants, and called-grape from mature canes is an important component in several of the wines. In the day doing the house basisvinen AN/2 and An, Negra, which is made on 95% callet. A few years ago came topvinen Son Negra, which today are among Spain's best wines and from the canes, there are more than 80 years old.
4kilos was started in 2006 by the two friends Francesc Grimalt and Sergio Caballero, in a borrowed garage and under very small circumstances. Among other things, they used a mælkekar to ferment the wine in. The name comes from the 4 million pesetas, which was the initial capital for the two. The first vintage came in 2008, and already the year after they were by the renowned Spanish guide Peñin awarded winery in Spain. Today, production is only 45,000 bottles distributed on the two wines: 12Volts and 4kilos.
Binissalem Mallorca is the largest and most well-known areas of Mallorca. It is located in the west of the island around the town of Binissalem, where the fields are located in the 250-300 m in height. Hoveddruen is manto negro, which is planted on almost nine out of ten fields. It constitutes, together with the cabernet sauvignon and the white prensal the main body of the wine on the island. Made roughly two styles in the area: on the one hand young people jóvenvine, which is often sold to restaurants and consumed locally on the island. A number of crianza and reservavine with nice structure, which can easily compete with the better wines from the mainland. Previously the older houses as Franca Roja and Consell Ribas driven development. They still exist, but they have not moved much. However, for a variety of new and exciting houses to come to in recent years, and the area is certainly one you should keep an eye on.
the Climate is mediterranean climate with long, hot and dry summers and a mild winter. The mountains Sierra de Tramuntana and Sierra de Alfabia of the northern coast, protects the vines from the cold winds of winter. It drops about 450 mm of precipitation annually, mainly during autumn and winter. The soil is clay with limestone and typically the vineyards in the 100-300 m in height.
The largest of the areas on Mallorca is located in the central and eastern part of the island. It was from 1991 officially a greater Vino de la Tierra-district (VdlT), but a smaller part of the area was in 2001 officially DO with the name Plà in Llevant. The area covers seven cities: Manacor, Porreres, Llucmajor, Algaida, Muro, Petra and Felanitx. There is a part of rose wine at the local fogoneu, but otherwise, it is the particular red wines on the manto negro, merlot, callet and cabernet sauvignon. The level is in recent years has increased substantially. Although there are only 14 producers, is doing by far the largest part quite stunning wines.
the Climate here is typically mediterranean climate with long, hot and dry summers and a mild winter. The cool ocean breezes have great significance for the wine. That typically fall around 500 mm of precipitation per year. years, and they fall in the autumn and winter. The soil is clay with limestone, but you can also find reddish soil in several places.
in Addition, there are six Vinos de la Tierra-districts (VdlT): Illa de Menorca, Mallorca, Serra de Tramuntana-Costa Nord, Elvissa (Ibiza), Formentera, as well as the Illes Balears. A number of the island's most exciting wines come from these districts.
10 good wines from Mallorca
Theis Wines | 300 kr. Offer price
Called with a little manto negro and fogoneu from 36 small plots. Nice balanced wine with black berry, cool spices, liquorice and pepper. A little graphite in the end. Nice and serious well-made wine. Alc.: 13,5%
Sigurd Müller liquor store | 540 kr.
40% merlot and 60% cabernet sauvignon. Soft, round tannins. Nice intensity and maturity in taste with blackcurrant, blackberry, tobacco, cedar and vanilla in the taste. International in style, with a nice structure and length. Alc.: 14,5%
Laudrup Vin | 190 kr. Offer price
40% callet-fogoneu, 30% syrah, 20% cabernet sauvignon and 10% merlot. Dark berries in the nose. A nice freshness, light wine with red bærnoter, licorice, black pepper and a touch of vanilla. Well balanced with a long, fruity finish. Alc.: 13%
Propperiet | 399 kr.
Manto negro, callet, cabernet sauvignon and syrah. Spicy and elegant wine with lots of red berries, spices, mushrooms, tobacco and vanilla in the taste. Well balanced with a really nice acidity to tie the wine together. A long completion. Alc.: 13,5%
La Cave wine imports | 285 kr. Offer price
the Old vines of callet. Light, intense and spicy in the nose with strawberry, red cherry, pepper and a touch of vanilla in the taste. Exciting, beautiful wine. Alc.: 12%
Theis Wines | 160 kr. Offer price
Callet, manto negro, fogoneu and a bit of syrah. A fresh and approachable wine with plenty of red berries, spices and a little vanilla in the taste. Extremely well-made, with a nice depth and length. Alc.: 13%
Theis Wines | 150 kr. Offer price
Callet, premsal and a bit muscat-giró. Melon and white flowers in the scent. Nice concentration with slightly spicy and floral expression in the taste. Nice acid and a good wine to the mediterranean. Alc.: 13%
Propperiet | 149 kr. Offer price
100% mante negro. The spongy in the nose with licorice, black cherry, camphor, and vanilla in the taste. Well balanced with a spicy, long finish. Alc.: 13%
D-wine.gb | 135 kr. Offer price
Cabernet sauvignon, merlot and callet with 12 months on amerkanske fade. Full-bodied with black currant, black berry, licorice, tobacco and vanilla in the taste. Somewhat dry tannins and a spicy finish. Alc.: 13,5%
the World of Wine | 119 dkk. Offer price
Merlot, syrah, pinot noir and called. Mature notes in the nose. Black berries, warm spices, dried fruits and vanilla in the taste. Nicely balanced and fairly intense and full-bodied in the term. Spicy end. Alc.: 14,5%