This is the new vintage of Clio, one of Jumilla's best wines. A difficult year, 2016 was one of the earliest vintages in the history of the region. The grapes arrived at the cellar fully ripen, but the overall production was significantly below average.
As always, this Spanish red wine was crafted by the prestigious Australian winemaker Chris Ringland, from Barossa Valley.
Macerated and fermented partly in stainless steel tanks and partly in oak barrels, this red wine from Jumilla was then transferred into new American and French oak barrels, where it completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for over a period of 24 months.
We strongly suggest that you decant Clio 2017 about 2 hours before you drink it.
This is one of Spain's most prestigious and highly-rated wines.
Drink over the next 10-12 years.
The wine Clio from Jumilla has a bright, cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
A friendly explosion of red and black fruit in all their forms, from fresh to marmalade-ish. This blend of Monastrell and Cabernet Sauvignon is also reminiscent of caramel and toffee, with some gentle hints of toast, cocoa, Havanna cigars and coffee. On the background, some earthy and mineral nuances. Well-balanced and compelling nose.
Huge, powerful and savoury, and it also shows a distinctive elegance and a masterly touch on the part of the winemaker. Fruit and freshness dominate the picture, complemented with exotic touches of spices, violets, some vegetal nuances, some toasted notes, and deep mineral undertones. This wine by Bodegas El Nido has a tremendous acidity, some ripe tannins and very long, fruity finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Rightly bearing a Greek Muse name, Clio 2017 is an exceptional, truly inspiring red wine. Drink now or store for a decade.
Enterwine 96. Peñín 94. Parker 92.
Peñín 94. Parker 92.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||Two hours before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Monastrell 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Chocolate, Chocolate cake, Cured cheeses, Grilled red meats, Mushrooms, Poultry, Red meat with gravy, Rice with meat, Risotto, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Roasted white meats, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
An immensely powerful wine, still in the making. Anyhow, it is already a pleasure.
Ringland and his team have begun to reduce the oak ageing period of Clio. It is a good decision, and I must say tha the wine greatly benefits from it. It still is a big and imposing wine, but the fruit and the terroir are now less suffocated. This will probably peak in 5-7 years.