Wednesday, July 21, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Binifadet, wines from Menorca

No wonder that this island as Mediterranean and further east of our country (Spain) has winemaking tradition. Indeed in the chronicles of the conquest of the island in the thirteenth century, there was talk of the wine produced on earth and probably Phoenicians and Romans used the Mahon harbour great for trade and certainly among the goods went into the sea had wine from the island. 

Menorca is a fairly flat island, with land dedicated to crops primarily devoted to supply the beef cattle,  which abounds on this island. In times of a British colony, you have surely make wine distillates as the British used for their espirtuos beverage,  came from local vineyards. 

At present there are nine wineries, with an area of at least 30 hectares, producing wines in various parts of the island. The island has terroirs sandstone, a limestone very fragile, soils are also cluster to the north and south areas of sandstone. 

On my vacation I stumbled upon one of the largest wineries, Binifadet, a winery can be visited and which produces about 50,000 liters. of different varieties. Before visiting, by chance, I was in Ciutadella, the city's west end of the island in a place called Sa Fideuera, where I enjoy a young Binifadet Syrah and Merlot red wine very fruity and easy drinking. 

When visiting the cellar I found a modern building, the surrounding fields of vineyards and found an impressive range of wines, from rosé Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, very special, with primary aromas of fruit, a type sparkling brut basis of this same wine, a white Chardonnay with aromas of citrus and a fine palate. The 2004 Merlot, with 12 months in French oak is also a special wine, it shows red and black fruit ripe aromas of vanilla, mineral undergrowth and a touch that makes it quite different.

The winery can be visited and also makes other products like jams wine, dulce de Moscatel, olive oil of
Arbequina and vinegar  of Chardonnay and Syrah. A surprise in my vacation, so no surprise that the camera and I forgot I had to do the photos from my mobile, so I could collect my visit clearly graphically, but the senses if they were nice. 

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