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4 Kilos from Mallorca

Can you judge a wine by its label? Yes, in this case, yes. Call me deeply superficial, but this wine from Mallorca matches the quality of the label: smooth dark chocolate, black juicy fruit, mysterious dry garrigue and an unexpected bang of freshness, which I can only guess comes from 50% use of the native grape, Callet, rather than the 40% Cabernet Sauvignon or 10% Merlot.

Who are Vino de la Tierra de Mallorca and what are they doing making great wine with great labels by local artists? Their quirky website tells me the winemaker Francesc Grimalt is known for reviving the use of the local Callet grape and has partnered up with owner Sergio Caballero, a musician and founder of Barcelona’s Sonar Festival of advanced music and multi media arts. 4 kilos refers to the 4 million pesatas used to start up the adventure, which is still a micro-winery and mostly made in the garage. The label is by artist known as Marti. And if you want to know more about the label, here is a coolly bizarre, hypnotic video. The rest of the website is pretty cool, too, with very useful tips on how to remove red wine stains from carpets and ancient wine songs from China translated into Spanish. These guys look like they are having a great time; it makes me want to decamp to Mallorca for the summer and drink more red wine and chill out to some Balearic beats.  All because I liked the label.

4Kilos vinícola s.l. 1a.Volta, 168/Puigverd, 07200 Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain

Tasted at Vagabond Wines, 18-22 Vanston Place, London SW6 1AX, £34.95.

7 Comments

  1. Three toots on a great big horn for Mallorcan wine. One of the few non-mono-varietal wines we’ve sent out to Daily Drinkers was the crianza from Macia Batle, made mostly from Monto Negro and Callet, but with a squeeze of Cab Sauv. Chocolaty, it was. Leathery and wild, without doubt. And most popular. God give the Mallorcan wine makers the strength to go local and eschew international varieties…X

    • Juel Mahoney says

      This is why I love Daily Drinker – keeping the world safe for local varieties! I didn’t know you mostly send out mono-varietal wines, that’s even more insanely niche. LOVE it. I am not too familiar with Mallorca (sadly) but I was very impressed, the more I found out about these guys the more I dig how they are reviving the Callet grape.

    • Juel Mahoney says

      Oh no, that’s no good- I hope it makes sense without image. It is the vintage comic one. I have put a link to their website on the post and I will check out your link. Salute! J

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