Bodegas Forlong, Mon Amour, Cádiz, Andalucia, Spain, 2017
The veritable new kids on the block, Bodega de Forlong have only been selling their wines since 2014 and are shaking up the staid world around Jerez.
The only organically certified operation in the area they cultivate tiny parcels of Palomino, Pedro Ximinez and Tintilla Rota. Mixing it up with some Merlot and Syrah they are creating something fresh and vibrant from this most traditional of regions and it is immediately noticeable as soon as you see the quirky labels that the wines are anything but boring.
The only organically certified vines in El Puerto de Santa Maria in Jerez (Cádiz), Bodega de Forlong focus solely on quality and not quantity of the indigenous Palomino, Pedro Ximinez, Tintilla Rota and international varietal grapes such as Merlot and Syrah, taking great care with pruning to manage the yield. They employ biodynamic, natural and sustainable methods to manage the albariza rich soils and vines in the vineyards, including using the cuttings from pruning as fertiliser and the use of ground cover crops to re-introduce nitrogen back into the soil and to stress the vines to compete for nutrients. This also provides a suitable habitat for insects that will manage the harmful pests in the vineyard.
Hand harvested at night with only those bunches visibly ripe being picked. Chilled for 24 hours to 5° Celsius then hand sorted again to only select perfectly ripe grapes. De-stemmed then pressed in a pneumatic press whilst being blanketed in dry ice to prevent oxidation. The wine is separated from the solids through a process called desfangado (Debourbage) then decanted into French Oak vats where it ferments. After fermentation the vats are closed, with a daily stirring of the lees to add complexity to the wine.
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
A wine made out of a labour of love hence the name. Golden yellow in colour, their is an evocative aroma of tropical flowers, a hint of balsamic and caramelised banana and hints of citrus notes. This leads on to similar and complex notes on the palate, salinity from the albariza soil and a long long finish.
Seafood paella, tuna, cheese.
6 x 75cl