Molino Real is another project through which Telmo Rodriguez has revived a glorious vineyard and wine from the past. In this case it’s the steep, high altitude Moscatel vineyards of Malaga, once owned by the Duke of Wellington, which were used to produce one of the greatest sweet wines in the world. In the 18th century this slightly oxidative nectar from sundried grapes was auctioned next to the the best wines from France and Germany, and an 1830 vintage bottling has famously been described by Hugh Johnson as the most profound and spellbinding drinking experience he’s had.
Molino Real Malaga Mountain Wine 2010
Vinification: Hand-harvested, strictly selected grapes are left on reed mats to dry in the sun. Then a second selection is done, with only best dried bunches taken into the cellar. There they are delicately pressed and allowed to ferment naturally and age for 20 months in big wooden barrels.
Character: The result is a dense but delicate, long-lived sweet wine that honors the age-old history of Malaga’s “mountain wines”. At Chabrol we are now able to offer a very limited number of back-vintage bottles (2005/2006) that truly showcase the depth of flavour that Molino Real can develop. When pairing, think of desserts with raisins, honey, quince, nuts and a touch of cream, and stay away from overly bright and bitter ingredients. However, and old bottle of Molino Real might be best enjoyed simply by itself, so that its magically lingering taste will stay with you for the rest of the night.