Jose L. Ferrer 2009
10-12 months in American and French oak
90 points Peñín - Bacchus Gold Medal Madrid 2012
Polaner Selections - NY
The Mantonegro grape, like other red grapes grown among the Balearic Islands (such as Mallorca) carries an earthy richness that would make any such wine plump and fun. But the grape here also shows a savory, even floral note of complexity. Drink soon or over the next few years.
After a hand selection in the vineyard, the grape bunches are brought to the winery and placed in a refrigerated chamber at 0 to 2ºC to arrest enzymatic activity. The grapes are then cold-macerated and pressed. Fermentation begins naturally with the wild yeast in stainless steel vats and lasts from 10 to12 days. The wine remains in the tank and the lees are pressed to keep some juice for final blending. As a Crianza, the wine remained 10 to12 months in a combination of American and French oak and then was aged in bottle for a year before being released to the market.
About the Winery
Bodegas Jose Luis Ferrer was founded in 1931 on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean off Spain's east coast. The winery remains a family business with the fourth generation of the family now in charge. Producing about one million bottles per year, mainly wines of indigenous varieties, such as Mantonegro, Callet and Moll, it is the best known cellar on the island. The winery has received many international awards and is currently exporting to countries in Europe, Asia and America.