Melea Organic Rose NV
Bodegas Volver
Region: Castilla-La Mancha

Tasting Notes

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 tuna melts or spring salads.

Tempranillo is an early-ripening variety that tends to thrive in chalky vineyard soils such as those of the Ribera del Duero and Rioja regions of Spain. In Portugal, where the grape is known as Tinto Roriz and Aragonez, it is blended with other varieties to produce Port. In 2015, Tempranillo was the fourth most widely-planted wine grape variety in the world; 87% of these plantings are in Spain. Depending on vineyard age and mesoclimate, tempranillo-based wines result in notes ranging from strawberries, blackcurrants and cherries to prunes, chocolate and tobacco.

Castilla-La Mancha is located on a large plateau in Spain’s interior. The third largest autonomous region is Spain, it is surrounded by three different mountain ranges, enjoying an interesting cross between a Mediterranean and Continental climate. Soils are mostly reddish-brown clay, with high levels of limestone and chalk. 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. Known primarily for producing bulk wine, some 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’s vineyards are planted in limestone and chalk-rich sandy soils. Practicing dry farming, these Organic certified vines are greatly stressed by dense plantings and well-drained soils, producing a scant 3kg of fruit per plant. The evenings see a fairly large diurnal shift in temperature, which helps maintain acidity and freshness, and produces wines with complexity and depth of flavour.

After hand-harvesting the dry-farmed vineyards, the grapes are gently crushed then macerated for 4-5 hours at temperature control in order to extract colour and complexity. After maceration, the wine was fermented in stainless steel, using indigenous yeasts, before a gentle fining using a vegan-pea mixture.

Wine Type: Rosé

Variety: Tampranillo

Classification: VdlT

Orientation: N/A

Appellation: La Mancha

Gradient: 660 masl

Soil: Limestone, chalk, sandy loam

Farming Practices: Organic and sustainable.

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 12

Malolactic: Partial

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable, Vegan, Certified Organic