A wine made out of a labour of love hence the name. Golden yellow in colour, their is an evocative aroma of tropical flowers, a hint of balsamic and caramelised banana and hints of citrus notes. This leads on to similar and complex notes on the palate, salinity from the albariza soil and a long long finish.
The only certified organic vineyard and wine producer in the region of El Puerto de Santa Maria, Bodegas Forlonghas vineyards in Forlong, Greduela and Plantalina. Created by two young entrepreneurs in love with wine, Alejandro Narváez and Rocío Áspera in 2009, this Bodega is going from strength to strength. They produced their first bottling in 2012 with a Tinto and their first Blanco in 2013.
The only organically certified vines in El Puerto de Santa Maria in Jerez (Cádiz), Bodegas Forlong focus solely on quality and not quantity of the indigenous Palomino, Pedro Ximinez, Tintilla Rota and international varietal grapes such as Merlot and Syrah, taking great care with pruning to manage the yield. They employ biodynamic, natural and sustainable methods to manage the albariza rich soils and vines in the vineyards, including using the cuttings from pruning as fertiliser and the use of ground cover crops to re-introduce nitrogen back into the soil and to stress the vines to compete for nutrients. This also provides a suitable habitat for insects that will manage the harmful pests in the vineyard.
Hand harvested at night with only those bunches visibly ripe being picked. Chilled for 24 hours to 5° Celsius then hand sorted again to only select perfectly ripe grapes. De-stemmed then pressed in a pneumatic press whilst being blanketed in dry ice to prevent oxidation. The wine is separated from the solids through a process called desfangado (Debourbage) then decanted into French Oak vats where it ferments. After fermentation the vats are closed, with a daily stirring of the lees to add complexity to the wine.