Clandestino Natural Tinto de Menade, Castilla Y Leon, Spain

Another exceptional wine from Menade, the organic winery who also provide the Nosso Verdejo. Made with exactly the same ethos, this organic Tempranillo wine has a deep purple-red colour with violet tones. A fruity nose then opens up to reveal ripe red berries, plums, blackberry, blackcurrant with some tobacco and spice.

It's a full-on flavoured red wine with rich round ripe fruit, velvety tannins and a long minerality in the finish. Lots of delicious black fruit, plums, blackcurrant and spice flavours. 

Food Match: Mexican dishes such as tacos and burritos, char-grilled or smoked meats, mature cheeses 

Wine Facts:

Diets Organic, No Added Sulphites, Vegan, Gluten Free
Grapes Tempranillo
Sugars 1.4g/l Residual Sugar Only
Sulphites 9mg/l Natural Sulphites Only
ABV 14.5% 

Read more about no sulphites added wine labelling here
 (short read). Find out more about differences between organic, vegan and natural wines here (long read).  

Winemakers have a saying at Menade: “beber vida”; and so their first (ad)venture into truly breaking the mould and seeking a natural but soundly made expression of local purity reminds us of the smell in the air on the first day of the harvest, and of wet earth; and its flavour is like taking a walk on the Castilian meseta - and then it’s must, grapes, and nature.

The grapes are hand-picked and brought in the winery where they are rigorously sorted. After a gentle pressing, the Indigenous yeasts starts the fermentation in small stainless steel tanks, which takes between 12 and 25 days.

The wine undergoes a malolactic fermentation that was also spontaneous from wild yeast, adding weight, poise and complexity to its existing expressive character. A little gentle cap-plunging, careful not to over extract. The wine is not clarified or filtered, it is left to settle then bottled. Zero sulphur is added.

Bottled with a little natural carbon dioxide left in to give the wine a measure of protection.

Certified organic wine without added sulphur

For more inspiration and see all sulphite free wines that we sell, including no sulphite wines by the case, see our full range of no sulphite added wines.

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