12 VOLTS, 4 KILOS

Variety – Callet-Fogoneu

Region – Mallorca

Country – Spain

Year – 2014

Price – £16


where we buy

Reviewed By

Stu

About This Wine

It’s said that you need to be a multimillionaire to start a winery. But in 2006, the team behind 4 Kilos set off with just 4 million pesetas (that’s €24,000 in today’s money – and small fry for setting up a winery) and an old sheep shed (they were fermenting their first wine production in milk fridges). Now they’re the hottest kids in all of Spain.

But then there’s nothing about these guys that follows the norm. Behind the scenes is an organic ‘hands-off’ production, while the vibrant brand image comes from co-founder, musician and arts entrepreneur Sergio Caballero. (As if he couldn’t get any better, Sergio is also the art director of Sónar, Barcelona’s International Festival of Advanced Music.)

4 Kilos are also using Mallorca’s ‘lost’ grape varieties Callet-Fogoneu. (We had never heard of these grapes and we certainly never knew to ask for them.) Fogoneu – with its thin skin and pale colour – is a bit like our Beaujolais Gamay friend, while Callet is dark, thick, yet full of red fruit. The result is a spicy, modern, peppery red that feels fresh and surprisingly light.

These guys prove that there’s more to Mallorca than holiday resorts.

Cheat sheet

Tastes Like:

Peppery red fruit that likes to hang around 

Goes with:

Stick to Spanish dishes – tapas meatballs in a rich sauce

Gusto levels:

Powerful but not in your face

Drinking style:

Cheeky enough to be drunk solo

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