PÁRAMOS DE NICASIA ROSÉ
2016 Clarete Màquina y Tabla
|Grapes||Tinta del Pais, Garnacha, Malvasia|
This is Susana and Oriol's first ever 'pink' - and its an absolute humdinger. The nose is delicate, with white fruit flowers, some lovely delicate red berry fruit and aromatic herbs. In the mouth the feel is limpid beautifully fluid and juicy, smooth and serene, with a fresh and long finish. Thrilling stuff. This is a blend of 33% Tinta del País 33% Garnacha 33% Malvasía - in a mixed single vineyard where the vines are all about 50 years old. The blend is put together in a very old, and very large (3000 Litre) cask where it stays for 6 months before bottling. As with all their wines this is fully 'Bio-dynamic.' L&S (Jun 2017)
*Case price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Produced with a blend of 35% Garnacha, 35% Malvasía and 30% Tinta de Toro, the 2016 Páramos de Nicasia Clarete is a "clarete" rather than a rosé. It's a mixture of white and red grapes from old vines whose full clusters were pressed and the juice put to ferment in 225-liter oak barrels. It matured in fourth use oak barrels for eight months. It has a serious profile, especially on the palate, where it's somewhere in between a light red and a full-bodied white, with serious chalky tannins and consistency to stand up to food and a few years of aging in bottle. It's tasty and supple, serious and not banal. 5,680 bottles were filled in June 2017. Drinking range: 2018 - 2021 Rating: 91 Luis Gutierrez, www.robertparker.com(Aug 2018)
Named after Nicasia who owns the vines, this is a star from a DO better known for its big, hot reds. A revival of the pale red clarete style, made with Garnacha, Tinta de Toro and 30% Malvasia – hence the lifted fruit and firm structure. Nothing jammy here. Drinking range: 2018 - 2019 Rating: 91 Decanter Magazine(Aug 2018)
Bravely bottled in green glass – a rosé producer more bothered with protecting the wine in the bottle than showing off the colour. Medium orange pink. Very interesting nose – nuts and orange peel and spice and intense wild strawberries. Utterly gorgeous! So spicy – it fills the mouth and reverberates and you get tiny pink peppercorns and berries and crunch and a little bit of fudge and bite and burn. Stunning. Hazelnuts. I would just love this with a plate of jamón ibérico and warm, crusty bread and a big bowl of green nutty olive oil to dip it into. Yum. Simply yum. Drinking range: 2018 - 2020 Rating: 17 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com(May 2018)
No, not a white wine but a rather riveting, rose-petal-scented, very satisfying, extremely versatile deep pink/pale red based on Garnacha grapes grown in north-west Spain. Check out too their flor-aged dry white Laderas de Leonila at £13.50. Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Dec 2017)
I did like the clarete, Pàramos de Nicasia Rosado 2016, a very pale Garnacha presumably also grown in Toro and £14.95 full price. A tad 'natural' on the nose, it's round and floral – very flattering and yet with undertow of seriousness. It seemed the perfect wine-bar wine to me, although its persistence was amazing and perhaps I am doing it (or wine bars) a disservice. It's stunning value.Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Sep 2017)
The vintage 2016 is our first vintage thinking about clarete, has been made possible thanks to the improvements in the fixing of harvest dates and greater physiological control. Taking into account the climatic and landscape conditions of the area, we wanted to make a serious Clarete, which looked more towards white wine, with delicacy instead of power. Páramos has a pink salmon hue. The extreme continental climate of the area is slightly cooler and more humid. The soils are sandy with subsoil (2 / 3m deep) clay-calcareous. The vines are pie franco and are more than 50 years old. Although the vegetative cycle was developing in an harmonious way, accumulating a slight delay that foreseen a slow maturation and a late harvest, with punctual rainfall and without important phytosanitary problems, towards the middle of the summer the climate began to twist accumulating several weeks of drought and canicular days. Thus things, towards the verge the vegetative cycle began to be slowed by stress, although it did not get blocked. At the beginning of the harvest the vines were very stressed (they came from the very dry and warm 2015) and their maturation was very slow but healthy.Winemaker's notes(Jun 2017)
Màquina y Tabla
It was an exciting day when we first discovered these brilliant wines, and we are delighted to be introducing them to the UK and share the joy - each wine has an incredible sense of identity and real pow! Yet all done with such charm and restrained style, they just make you smile. Pure, elegant, expressive and so, so drinkable - this is exciting stuff. They look absolutely beautiful too - could this be the perfect package from Spain!?
'Màquina & Tabla' is the brainchild of a dynamic duo - Oriol the winemaker and Susana, who is the creative genius behind the marketing and presentation. They are a tiny family business that began in 2012 in Castilla y León. Their focus is in the details, and they believe in a high quality wine that is always respectful of the land and nature. Their project started from scratch, travelling around the region looking for the oldest and most peculiar vineyards. All their grapes are cultivated bio-dynamically, grown currently in rented vineyards.
Oriol the winemaker describes himself as having been an "oenopath" who, slowly but surely, became more and more interested in winemaking, a passion that turned into a profession during the 2000 harvest in Clos Mogador. Since then as a winemaker he has lead, or taken part in, several projects, including with Vinya l'Hereu, Heretat Montrubí, Els Jelipins and Prieto Pariente. Now, with this project he says he is 'happier than a kid in a candy shop'. Susana comes from the world of arts and entertainment, having been a Creative Editor in publishing, audiovisual and new media for Prisa, Planeta and RBA, while conceptualizing new ideas, she has managed teams and projects, as well as coordinated communication and production for small projects related to art and music. Now she's bringing all of her experience and energy to Màquina & Tabla. The striking label designs by Joan Josep Bertran perhaps need a tiny bit of explanation, and you can read more about them here http://www.maquina-tabla.com/about.
MAQUINA & TABLA are Oriol & Susana Illa who own and operate this extraordinary tiny wine business. All grapes are farmed biodynamically from small plots rented across northern Spain. The wines have attracted much attention for the extraordinary labels but mostly for the extraordinary wines. From traditional Spanish varieties like Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) and Garnacha, or less mainstream varieties like Mencia, Verdejo and Palomino, Oriol and Susana have crafted some delightful and pure, small-scale expressions of the land they farm. Jancis Robinson MW praised their work fulsomely after tasting the wines and meeting the makers at our Autumn tasting last year, making the Laderas de Leonila Blanco her Wine of the Week. Here's your chance to sample a selection from their range - two bottles each of three reds, two whites and their rather charming clarete rosé.
Do you tire of endless bottles of super-pale Provence rosé? Do you yearn for something different? Fancy some pink of a different provenance? He be the answer - a dozen bottles of rosé from elsewhere; a bit French, a bit Italian and a slightly funky Spanish organic pink.
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