Bodega Vinessens El Scandalo Monastrell, 2016, Alicante, Spain
£13.25 (inc VAT)
Alicante's reds are big, so Marta and Andres? lighter style Monastrell is scandalous.
Oveja Negra: the Spanish black sheep. When husband and wife Andres Carrull and Marta Ribera said that they’d had enough of the big reds that their Alicante ancestors are so famous for and they wanted to make a lighter style, their friends and family told them this was tantamount to blasphemy. Hence El Scandalo was born. Grapes are gently fermented, a proportion using the carbonic maceration technique made famous by Beaujolais, and aged for a tiny two months in French oak. Big on flavour but scandalously light and easy to drink.
A small family-run winery always on the lookout for what they call "Vinos de Autor" (Author Wines): wines that reflect their personalities, produced using almost entirely artisan techniques. Despite their prestigious Alicante ancestors, husband and wife Andres Carrull and Marta Ribera are practitioners of whats become known as "Garage bodega" which is less about 2-step and jungle beats and more about a cutting-edge, slightly"mad scientist"approach to each variety.