2017 Monastrell Ecológico Ego Bodegas
|Grapes||Monastrell, Petit Verdot, Syrah|
This delicious new arrival has roared onto the shelves from the sunny south of Spain. It’s made from a blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Petit Verdot. All the grapes are hand-picked on a plot by plot basis, once optimal maturity is reached in each row. In the cellar this precise, careful approach continues, to maximise freshness and fruit expression. After a second selection on sorting tables, whole berries are put into the vats for a long, gentle maceration – with some pumping over and some gentle pigeage to intensify colour and flavour as gently as possible. The Malolactic fermentation takes place during the short (4 months) stretch the wine spends in American Oak barrels. The results are superb. Beautifully shiny, deep red fruit has a satisfying gloss and a good spiced note complimenting the dark cherry and rich damson juice. Creamy, ripe and loaded with indulgent juice this strikingly packaged ‘new boy’ is a joyful addition to the range. L&S (Aug 2018)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Set up 10 year's ago Bodegas Ego is located in the heart of Jumilla, between the high plains of La Mancha and the Mediterranean to the east. These two features have a great influence on the climate - largely continental, this is a very warm region for growing grapes - with long, hot summers and cool, wet winters. These are ideal conditions for the native Monastrell grape, which naturally ripens slowly and has thicker skins than many grapes giving perfect defence against these extreme conditions. The twenty-five year old vines produce classically small bunches which are harvested in early October by hand, once they are at optimum ripeness - with a good concentration of sugar, excellent acidity and an impressive weight of fruit. This super wine is certified 'organic' and no chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers are used in the vineyards at all - preserving the pure fruit expression and importantly the health of the land. Their delicate approach to the wine making continues with the ageing process - just a short burst of two months in old American Oak barrels adds gentle spice and a creamy feel to the fruit, From their rather hick-looking winery (certainly built for function rather than beauty!) the team at Bodegas Ego are making super-fine wines at this price-level. With all the latest technology, combined with brilliant wine-making they are able deliver the purity of fruit and the best expression of Monastrell possible, a delight to drink this juicy, spicy wine simply sings from the glass.
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