German Nadal bears the surname of one of the oldest wine-producing families on Mallorca. Grandfather Nadal was a co-founder of the origin mark ‘Denominación de Origen’, abbreviated to DO, and also the association´s first member. The board with the inscription ‘Bodega Inscrita No. 1’ fixed at the entrance of the old bodega impressively proves this. At that time, Bodega Antonio Nadal was a meticulous producer of quality wines.
With an annual production of up to 80,000 litres, it was one of the biggest on the island. During the years when German´s mother led the bodega, the core business changed from wine producers to a farm that sold grapes to other wineries. “Now everything is about to change again,” says German. He wants to get away from the resale of his grapes. The conditions to create an excellent quality product himself have been re-established in recent years. Orange trees will be changed to vines. Still the production is small and quality is being improved step by step.
The soil and the bodega itself are the foundations for making great wines in the future. In the ‘80s Tres Uvas Reserva 1989 was awarded ‘Wine of the Decade’. German has reactivated the wine, thus connecting to its former success. At the end of our visit, German shows us the wine cellar and proudly displays the old but fully automatic bottling plant. His grandfather had bought it. Now it’s up to him to bring glamour and life back again to his ancestor’s name and place of work. We think German is up to the challenge.
Tres Uvas 2012
25% Tempranillo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Callet, 18% Manto Negro & 7% Monastrell
Elegant red with brilliant reflections in the glass. A mixture of fruits like figs and plums can be found in the bouquet. Ripe tannins, vanilla and hints of roasted flavours work well together. A fresh aftertaste accompanies the accurate finish.
A very successful ‘tinto’ of the new generation from Antonio Nadal.
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