The mountains of Malaga are stunning in their beauty and how quickly they raise up from the Mediterranean. The Molino Real is an amazing wine from Telmo Rodriguez and balances sweetness and freshness wonderfully. Superb and less than 500 cases made.
"The grapes are sourced from up to nine hectares of vines on
slate slopes at elevations that range between 350 and 1,000 meters. The grapes
are sun dried to further concentrate the juice and then pressed with oil
presses separated by esparto grass mats, like it was done in the past. They
tell me they need 2.5 kilos of grapes to obtain one liter of juice.
Fermentation is long and happens in 225-liter oak barrels, where the wine
matures at low temperature for 20 months. This feels sooooo young and tender,
undeveloped and reticent compared with the 2013 and 2014 I tasted next to it.
These wines need at least five years to start showing their true colors. It's
faintly minty, not really grapey, but balsamic, with faint notes of bitter
orange marmalade. The one thing I also like is that this wine is never
overwhelmingly sweet and feels fresher. It's hard to guess what's going to
happen with this wine in a few years, but I think it will evolve beautifully." 95 points Luis Gutierrez Wine Advocate