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Abadal Mandó 2016

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€13.50

Abadal Mandó 2016

Characteristics

  • Crianza. 12 Months in distinct containers
  • Bottle size:
  • 75 cl
  • Percentage of Alcohol:
  • 12

Score

93
Enterwine Score 93
93
Media rating 93

Availability: In stock

€13.50
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Details

After a 15-year-long period and countless tries, Bodegas Abadal finally released its long-awaited Abadal Mandó, a single varietal Spanish red wine made solely from an extremely interesting and characterful grape variety indigenous to Pla de Bages. This is the second vintage of the wine.

Once the most widely planted variety in that tiny Designation of Origin located at the heart of Catalonia, the Mandó vineyards were progressively abandoned during the first decades of the XXth century due to socioeconomic factors.

Fortunately, though, some years ago the Roqueta family, current owner of the Abadal winery, spotted some old Mandó vines and decided to make them productive again.

A slow, late-ripening variety with a distinctively floral character and a great capacity to reflect the nuances of the terroir, the Mandó variety is anything but a fruit bomb. This fact alone puts it in an entirely different category in relation to most Mediterranean varieties.

Harvested by hand and selected on site and in the cellar, Abadal Mandó 2016 was traditionally vinified and subsequently aged for 12 months, 40% in oak barrels and the rest in clay amphorae. After that, this Crianza red wine was bottled and aged for some time before its release.

Aerate this red wine from Pla de Bages 30 minutes before serving. Drink over the next 4 years.

Only 3,800 bottles produced.

Additional Information

Appearance

The red wine Abadal Mandó has a bright, cherry coloured robe with a garnet rim.

Nose

Right from the start, this Mandó by Abadal wine opens entirely new vistas for us, wine drinkers accostumed to the aromatic profile of Mediterranean wines. A distinctive background of liquorice, with some delightful tips of violets and blue flowers, alongside rich suggestions of aromatic herbs and Mediterranean forest. The red fruit is also present, but only as a distant, subdued echo. Are we still in Catalonia, or have we inadvertently travelled to Burgundy?

Palate

Light and lithe, with a strikingly original watery note, this red wine by Abadal has a superb acidity and an excellent balance. Again, the fruit is understated, and the wine is all about herbs, earth and flowers. Long, balsamic finish that leaves a dreamy feeling.

Our personal opinion

The successful culmination of a long project to bring back an exceedingly interesting grape variety, Abadal Mandó 2016 is a wine which should be known by each and every serious wine aficionado.

OTHER VINTAGES

Abadal Mandó 2015:

First vintage. Enterwine 93.

Year 2016
Type Red
D.O. Pla del Bages
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 15-17ºC
Should this wine be decanted? 20 minutes before serving
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? No
Organic No
Is this product free of sulfites? No
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in distinct containers
Number of months aged in Barrels 12
Parker Score No
Peñin Score No
Our Score 93
Media rating 93
Other guides No
Name of Award No
Mono-Varietal Mandó
Percentage of variety No
Pairings Alone, bluefish, Cod, Cold meats, Cow´s cheese, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Grilled whitefish, Pasta with red sauce and meat, Red meat with gravy, Rice with meat, Risotto, Roasted chicken, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, semi-curred cheese, Sheep´s cheese, Stuffed Chicken, Vegetables, Vegitables sauces, White meat with gravy
Taste Fruity and Fresh, Lively and Fresh, Tasty with barrel notes
Occasion Because you deserve it, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement
  1. mando review by Coyote on 12/13/2018
    Value

    Wonderful. Little fruit, but an explosion of flowers, brooks and forests. A treat.

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