Coa Negra Blanc 2018
Vi de la Terra Mallorca, Son Palou, 750 ml
Intense, wide-ranging nose with a fresh floral component. On the palate, aromas of ripe stone fruit and juicy oranges emerge. A lively acidity provides a balancing counterpoint to the somewhat full body. This white Mallorcan shows a long finish and a delightful tartness.
|Origin:||Spanien / Mallorca|
|Grape variety:||Chenin Blanc, Prensal blanc|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 5 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Apéro riche, Grilled fish, Vegetable flan, quiche|
|Vinification:||fermentation in steel tank, soft pressing|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection|
|Maturation:||in steel tank|
Mallorcan fruit basket
With apple, pear, grapefruit, exotic fruits, almond and anise, the old Majorcan variety Prensal seduces with its aromatic abundance. However, it only has a little acidity. Consequently, it is usually blended with other grapes such as Moscatel, Chardonnay or Viognier, giving the wines freshness. These wines taste best when drank young. Prensal is usually written “Premsal” in Mallorca. Alternatively, it is also called Moll.
Small area, great variety
The Chenin blanc now grows on just one percent of French vineyards. But its wines are immensely diverse. The homeland of this grape is the Loire Valley. There it muscles into the light-footed frothers of Saumur and Vouvray. The vintners of Bonnezeaux and Quarts-de-Chaume process them into beguilingly sweet wines. And in Savennières it yields dry whites with mineral cores and great aging potential. They smell of apple, honey and fresh straw, and show great body and a stimulating acidity. The world's largest area of Chenin blanc is in South Africa, where it landed in the mid-17th century with Dutch traders. The most exciting wines result from old vines drawn from traditional bush forms.
Mallorca: new premium wines from old varieties
The party island is showing an entirely different, more delightful side: every year, more premium wines are produced in Mallorca. While international varieties like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot yield excellent wines in Mallorca’s terroir, top winemakers increasingly use the best native varieties, such as Manto Negro, Callet and Prensal Blanc. The results are independent wines with Mediterranean charm and surprising freshness.
Spain – Variety and perfection
“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.
The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.