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Producer: MestaGrape Varieties: Tempranillo 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Approachable yet serious off-dry roseAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Spain
An approachable but serious rosé, displaying great purity of flavour in a light, elegant style. Pale strawberry in colour, with fresh berry aromas and subtle floral notes, this shows excellent fruit concentration on the palate. A slightly off-dry finish is beautifully balanced by a crisp acidity and a refreshing, savoury note.
Mesta is a range of organically and sustainably grown single varietal wines, which stylishly showcase the Spanish wine revolution under the symbol of the Mesta. Mesta was a powerful alliance of sheep ranchers in medieval Castile, who controlled the cañadas: the traditional rights of way for migrating sheep. To this day the cañadas are protected from being blocked or built upon, a reminder of ancient rights and a model of co-existence with nature. This modern range, from the fashionable DO Uclés in central Castile, offers wines of great purity and varietal typicity.
2017 was a year of very low rainfall. Some showers occurred in the early autumn, but no rain fell during the spring or summer growing season. The high temperatures and absence of rain resulted in the earliest harvest to date producing grapes of an excellent concentration, albeit with significantly reduced yields.
The grapes are grown in high-altitude vineyards in the northernmost part of Central Castile, where the continental climate enjoys sunny days and cool nights. This diurnal temperature difference encourages grapes with intense fruit and excellent varietal definition, which retaining remarkable freshness. The vineyards are sustainably managed and organically farmed as part of an integrated ecosystem. Low annual rainfall results in low disease pressure, enabling the vines to be grown without the aid of fungicides. Fertilisers have never been used, only organic manure is applied and weed control is managed by a low, superficial tilling. Rain water is collected and used for drip irrigation in the case of extreme drought.
The grapes were picked in the early morning and immediately transported to the state-of-the-art winery. The berries were de-stalked, lightly crushed and fermented under temperature controlled conditions in stainless steel tanks. A short maceration lasted for seven hours in order to achieve a delicate extraction of the palest colour, before being pressed. Fermentation was arrested through chilling when it had reached the perfect balance of fruit concentration, acidity and light residual sweetness.
A versatile wine which accompanies spicy dishes perfectly, Asian curries, seafood risotto or a light salad with grilled prawns.
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