Bodegas Menade Clandestino 2016
Bodegas Menade Clandestino is a brut of a wine – tough! Bodegas Menade may have been founded as recently as 2005, but Alejandra, Marco and Richard are the 6th generations of the Rueda based Sanz wine family. Whilst their father continues to run the world-renowned Bodegas Vinos Sanz, his three children decided to take another route. In looking right back to their traditional winemaking roots and in fully respecting nature to let it speak for itself, so Menade was born. Using a mix of natural traditional winemaking and state of the art technology they are able to bring the wines of the past, into the future. And with it various projects are born; an Insect Hotel (increasing insects amongst the vines by 30%), Mobile Trees (different species wheeled into vineyards to see the effects on crops) and an adjoining farm to encourage biodiversity and plant cover.
DO Rueda is found about 180 km North West of Madrid in the heart of Castille and Leon. On an elevated plain of around 700m above sea level, it has a strongly continental climate enduring extreme heat and cold. To the north, it touches the Duero River (with alluvial soils with high lime content) and to the south, the soil is sandy with a gravel and clay subsoil. Because of this, there are a good number or 100+ year- old pre-phylloxera vines knocking about. For all intents and purposes, it is known, for one thing, Verdejo, which is a grape that everyone loves – officially. Whilst sometimes blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Viura they are generally fresh, fruit-forward wines with intense citrus and melon and great acidity, often of exceptionally high quality.
A little (very careful) punching down. Neither filtered nor clarified. No sulphur added. Made from 90-year-old low yield bush vines. Maceration and alcoholic fermentation in small stainless steel tanks with their own natural yeasts: for between 12 and 25 days.
Bodegas Menade Clandestino 2016 is loads of dark black fruit and concentrated blackcurrants on the nose. Behind them dark red fruit. Big, rich, black plum and blackcurrant, cooked raspberries, leather, prunes and dates. Well textured, rounded and fresh with a long mineral finish