Castilla-La Mancha is located on a large plateau in Spain’s interior, surrounded by three different mountain ranges and enjoying an interesting cross between a Mediterranean and Continental climate. There is no real dominant central city in the region, but rather small villages and communities scattered throughout, each enjoying its own wine and gastronomic traditions. Producers have taken great strides in recent years to restrict yields and take more care with viticulture, and the region now produces elegant and complex wines that offer tremendous value. Melea wines are the creation of the Madrid-based Long family, one of Spain’s premier negociants. This small, talented team of wine professionals has been dedicated to sourcing, marketing and exporting award-winning Spanish wines for nearly two decades. The Melea project is a limited range of organic, vegan wines inspired by the rare bee Anthophora Melea. Bees play a vital role in our food supply chain. They are also important actors in the production of wine, pollinating the vines and carrying around the natural yeasts of the vineyard that are used in the fermentation process.
Melea Rosé is made from organically grown, dry-farmed Tempranillo, planted in limestone and chalk-rich soils. Grapes are harvested by hand, gently crushed, then macerated for 5 hours at temperature control to extract colour and complexity. The juice is fermented in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts before a gentle fining using a vegan-pea mixture. Pale salmon colour with aromas of raspberry and strawberry. On the palate, the berries continue, along with some watermelon and mineral notes. Good balancing acidity keeps the wine lively and fresh. Chill lightly and enjoy with summer salads, toasted sandwiches and poached salmon.
12 bottles per case (Includes HST)