Red Wine Gallinas y Focas 2017
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A wine of remarkable quality, Gallinas & Focas is also a charity effort.
This original Spanish red wine is the result of the collaboration between the 4kilos winery, based in Mallorca, and the Fundació Amadip Esment, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improve the quality of life of intellectually disabled people.
The 2017 vintage of this red wine from Mallorca is, most interestingly, a blend of young vines Syrah and Manto Negro, a native Majorcan variety coming from 25-year-old vineyards planted in clay-limestone soils. They are farmed following environmentally friendly procedures and minimal intervention techniques.
Harvested by hand, the grapes were destemmed and macerated for 25 days. Then 70% of them fermented in vats, while the rest fermented in 500-litre French oak barrels. Both were fermented with indigenous yeasts, partially using the carbonic maceration technique.
After that, Gallinas & Focas 2017 completed malolactic fermentation and was aged for 12 months in 500-litre French oak barrels.
Finally, it was further aged for 6 months in 4,000-litre French oak vats, and for a minimum of 6 months in the bottle.
The red wine Gallinas y Focas has a very bright, clean garnet colour with a dark cherry rim.
This blend of Syrah and Manto Negro from Mallorca has a very refined nose. Remembrances of red fruit, wild berries and menthol over a background of liquor-infused fruit, blackcurrants, Mediterranean garrigue and dry earth.
This red wine produced by 4 Kilos and Fundació Amadip Esment is fresh and medium-bodied, with a light, agile passage and a remarkable acidity. Crunchy tannins and notes of wild strawberries, cassis, Amarena cherries, smoke and liquorice. A life-affirming, jubilous Mallorca red wine.
|Our personal opinion||
Besides proving the potential of the Manto Negro grape for producing fine wines, Gallinas y Focas 2017 helps a cause worth supporting.
Gallinas y Focas 2016:
Varietal Manto Negro. Enterwine 92.
Gallinas y Focas 2015:
Manto Negro and Syrah. Enterwine 92. Parker 93.
Gallinas y Focas 2014:
Peñín 93. Enterwine 92.
Gallinas y Focas 2012:
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||15|
|Percentage of variety||Manto Negro, Syrah.|
|Pairings||Aperitif, Bull meat, Cold meats, Cooked foods, Grilled lamb, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Mushrooms, Pasta with red sauce and meat, Pica Pica, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted pork, Vegetables, White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Fruity and Fresh, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Aperitif, Appetizer, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues|