One of the most exciting and special wines made on Mallorca, Son Agulló is from a single, old mantonegro vineyard, offering a window to a bygone area of viticulture. Son Agulló is an ultra-elegant, limited red wine from a very old 0.7ha parcel of mantonegro called Plà de Buc, near the village of Santa Maria del Camí, in the Binissalem D.O. The parcel of 60-year-old indigenous mantonegro vines planted en vaso (goblet) are of high value due to their genetic diversity, resulting in complexity and site transparency. It stands out as a world-class red wine and certainly one of the most exciting red wines of Mallorca.
Plà de Buc is a parcel planted in call vermell soils: a red, iron-rich clay, limestone soil typical of Binissalem. This soil has excellent water retention due to the clay content, which is important to avoiding hydric stress and producing elegant wines in the typically arid Mallorca climate. The other important feature of this windy vineyard is that it receives excellent ventilation. The Levante winds blow from NE to SW off Menorca across the island, cooling the vineyard and providing natural protection from disease.
Tomeu Llabrés is a viticultor, practicing minimum intervention winemaking and low impact viticulture by leaving the cover crop during the cold season and encouraging biodiversity within his parcels and environment through polyculture. In his converted garage winery in the center of the ancient town of Binissalem, his wines are handmade, without additions, subtractions, or corrections. His primary objective with each cuvée is maximum respect and transparency for his terroir and culture, as well as for the customers who enjoy his wine.
Vintage – 2018 in Mallorca was an excellent year for lighter structured wines, with even ripening, which produced very elegant, balanced wines with good freshness and potential to age. The 2018 Son Agulló is a luminous, enchanting red wine. Aromatically intense with a palate of exceptional depth of flavor, electricity, and character. 200 cases produced.
Vinification – Following a manual harvest in small boxes, alcoholic fermentation takes place in a 2000L foudre. The temperature is not regulated and varies, heating up as the fermentation progresses. Only native yeasts are used. Maceration lasts 32 days with short daily pump-overs. Sulfur is only added in small doses after the alcoholic fermentation is complete. The wine is then aged in a 600L French oak barrel for 13 months, followed by a month in stainless steel. It is not filtered or clarified before bottling.