Telmo Rodriguez - Molino Real, Malaga
Molino Real, Malaga
Telmo Rodriguez named these rarities “Mountain Wines” after the 17th century English expression for sweet moscatel wines from the Malaga region. The vineyards are dramatic and spectacular, situated in steep shale slopes where not even donkeys can climb.
Molino Real is made in the traditional method of “paseras”, whereby women pick the grapes and leave them to dry under the sun. For 10 to 15 days the “paseras” clean and turn the bunches, removing the poor grapes. Later, vertical presses formerly used to press olive oil are used, and the first musts of the pressing are fermented in casks for about 2 months. Aging is in wooden casks. Remarkably, in order to get a 500ml bottle, more than 9 pounds of grapes are needed.
After hand-picking the grapes in small cases, fermentation was carried out by native yeasts in small barrels of 225 liters. Maturation occurred in seasoned French oak for 20 months, after which barely 500 cases of Molino Real were bottled.
"This sweet white offers honey, orange zest and spice notes that accent poached pear and golden raisin flavors. Not heavy or hot, but shows plenty of personality. Drink now." 90 Points Wine Spectator
"Very aromatic and complex in character, this is a round, full bodied, medium sweet wine with rich fruitiness, and a very long, lightly woody finish. It tastes of orange blossom, toast, oak, lime, clove, candied lemon, and spearmint. From semi-dried Moscatel grapes. Barrel fermented: aged 20 months in French oak barrels." 4+ Stars Restaurant Wine Magazine
After hand-picking the grapes in small cases, fermentation was carried out by native yeasts in small barrels. Maturation occurred in seasoned French oak for 20 months, after which barely 500 cases of Molino Real were bottled.