This is the first of what we intend to be a new intermittent series and is made, totally sulphur free, from low yield centenary Tinta de Toro bush vines.
Not only does it reflect our passion for innovation – despite the fact that it’s made in a traditional, retro and old-fashioned manner harking very much to the past – but signals the beginning of a new quest in the sense that having (we hope!) proved ourselves with a range of high quality, individual whites our restless spirit somehow compels us to see if we can create similar waves with individualistic red wines.
Well essentially, because given our interests in Toro and Ribera del Duero but also the climatic vagaries of the planet – together with the fact that we are very specific – we will only produce Clandestino by Menade, a true and honest range brimming with personality, when the conditions and circumstances are good enough in accordance with our quality orientated philosophy.
The first of our Clandestinos – as some of you may know – was a tasty marc made from Verdejo so this first, just released, Tinto is in fact already No. 2.
Vinified with its own wild yeasts in small stainless steel vats, gentle pigeage is employed in order to avoid over extraction; and its alcoholic fermentation is followed by a spontaneous malolactic. Neither is the finished wine filtered nor is sulphur used at any stage.
The end result is a fresh yet imposing wine of some 15% with rich, ripe, immediate black fruit and alluring overtones of dried fruits (in particular dates). Big but friendly tannins too, make sure you partner it with importantly flavoursome food; production was approx. 14,000 bottles.