Loxarel Amaltea 2014

The Can Mayol estate is located in the Penedes region, just south west of Barcelona just outside Vilafranca del Penedes. This a medium size  winery practicing organic and biodynamic viticulture. Loxarel is the brand name of the wines that they produce. The project is the brainchild of the Mitjans family, specially Josep who lead the transformation of the family business from bulk to quality bottling production. He also lead the way for the estate from conventional viticulture to ecological and biodynamic one. Loxarel produces a range of wines from red wines to natural and amphora styles of wines. They also specialize in the production of Cavas.

The history of the Amaltea wine is a colorful one. When Zeus (the Ancient Greek father of Gods and men) fought the Titans he crafted himself a leather “égida” which is a type of shield. The name of this wine, Amaltea, refers to  the goat that Zeus chose for his armor, but not the shield.

Amaltea red 2012

Amaltea de Loxarel is an organic and biodynamic red wine that has been produced from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes. The vineyards from  where these grapes are born employ zero pesticides  and herbicides in the production o.These grapes are then harvested by hand and transported  in oxygenated boxes. The grapes are then destemmed and transferred into stainless steel vats where they receive a maceration at 50 ºF (10 ºC) before the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes are fermented separately for 15 days at temperatures between 68-77 ºF (20-25 ºF). The grape musts are then transferred into Hungarian oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and a ten month ageing process. After the ageing process, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines are coupaged together to realize the final coupage of Loxarel Amaltea and the wine is bottled in Bordeaux style bottles.

On the nose, this wine displays notes that bring to mind chinese plums, currants with bell pepper jelly. On the mouth, the wine is full body and structured. Complex notes of cassis and dark chocolate complement the fine tannins of the wine. Oak is secondary in the background not interfering with the complex aromatic sensations in the palate. This is a wine built for the medium term. Good to drink now but will benefit in careful cellar conditions for the next 5-7 years. Have it with beef braised with soya sauce and red peppers. 92\100 

Amaltea is represented in Quebec by the agency Ward & Associes. The wine is available privately in case of 12 bottles for 19.42$. At that it is a steal for the quality that delivers. The wine was on their display at the latest Raspipav 2015 in Montreal, Quebec.

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