The main aim of the Finca La Melonera project, by the way, is to recover some long-forgotten native grapes from the southern Spanish DO of Sierras de Málaga.
The grapes were separately harvested in tiny, 7-kg. boxes. After that, they were macerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks.
Then this Spanish red wine was aged in big French oak vats from Allier for 12 months. Finally, it was aged for a further months in the cellar before its release.
Decant Payoya Negra 2017 30 minutes before drinking.
Incidentally, Payoya is the name of an indigenous goat breed from the Ronda Mountains. That goat breed also gives its name to Payoyo, a superb cheese made from its milk.
The red wine Payoya Negra has an intense cherry colour with some purple tinges.
Rich aromas of toast and dry earth, underpinned by notes of juicy red and black fruit, sweet spices, balsam, flowers and an idiosyncratic note of wild underbrush -typical of the Romé grape- define this red wine from Málaga.
Meaty and palate-coating, this red wine from Finca La Melonera is also quite complex. Kirsch liquor, raspeberries, some lactic remembrances and some hints of aromatic herbs, blue flowers, vegetables and spices. Excellent acidity, ripe tannins and an overall fresh character. This blend with Tintilla de Rota has a long, fruity finish.
|Our personal opinion||
From the largely unknown region of Sierras de Málaga, the well crafted and original Payoya Negra 2017 simply oozes personality.
Payoya Negra 2016:
Enterwine 94. Peñín 93.
Payoya Negra 2015:
Payoya Negra 2014:
Peñín 93. Enterwine 94.
Payoya Negra 2013:
Tintilla de Rota (45%), Syrah (25%), Grenache (15%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%). Enterwine 93. Peñín 91.
Payoya Negra 2012:
Blend of Tintilla de Rota (45%), Grenache (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon. (25%). Peñín 92.
Payoya Negra 2011:
Blend of Syrah (60%), Tintilla de Rota (20%) & Cabernet Sauvignon. Challenge International du Vin 2015 (39th Edition): Gold Medal. Peñín 93.
Payoya Negra 2010:
|D.O.||Málaga-Sierras de Málaga|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes 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 oak barrels from Allier|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Syrah 50%, Garnacha 30%, Tintilla de Roma 10%, Rome 10%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Cold meats, Game animals, Grilled red meats, Meat and vegitables, Mushrooms, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted lamb ribs, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Dinner with friends, Family reunion, To bring to an engagement|
This wine is very original. I discovered aromas and flavours that I had never experienced before. Go for it!!