Spaniche Wines Malta’s first own label wine, our first vintage.
This red wine has been designed especially for warm climates, a red wine that is very easy to drink, very fruity and can be served slightly chilled if need be. If you love your red wines but think that it being summer means you can’t enjoy them anymore, try this. Maro Carinena Tinto 2018 is a blend of 70% Garnacha and 30% Tempranillo.
No oak, just very smooth and easy to drink. As one of our regular customers says, it is a wine that just keeps giving!
Colour: A beautiful garnet
Nose: Highly aromatic with ripe, pure blackcurrant and blackberries.
Taste:The palate is super juicy with the same black clustered fruit and a lick of floral tones. Smooth and elegant tannin, medium-bodied and well integrated. The finish is semi scented with fruit and a touch of spice. All in all totally smashable. Serve at cellar temperature, around 18 degrees for full enjoyment.
After several generations winemaking and, later, producing base wine for cava, brothers Albert and Joan Milà i Mallofré decided, in 1993, to start making quality wines. While Albert was in charge of the cellar and vineyards, Joan used his vast experience as an oenologist and consultant to various Spanish wineries to serve as technical director. The Mas Comtal vineyards, which follow organic production guidelines throughout the entire process, occupy a total of forty hectares. Here are planted the white varieties Pansa (Xarel·lo), Chardonnay and a small plot of Müller-Thurgau, in addition to red varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Grape: 100% Muscat Hamburg
Colour: Clean and bright. Blush, very pale blush.
Nose: Crisp nose, where the notes of tropical fruits, white flowers just asking to be drunk.
“Pomell” is a Catalan word meaning bouquet of several different wild flowers. As this is a wine of blended grape varieties, having a floral character, we have wanted to draw this linguistic analogy.
It is a perfect combination of the uniqueness of Xarel·lo with the sophistication of Chardonnay.
Each of the varieties that make up this coupage is produced separately as well as being aged on the lees separately in underground fermentation vats in the manner of the great wines of Loire and Chablis. Upon completion of the aging process, the blending process takes place based on the vintage and the character of each of its components.
Those who know it well speak of it as a wine with a distinctly French character, specifically Bordeaux. This is a coupage of the three quintessential Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It is a wine with brief oak aging (3 months in French oak barrels) and a long repose and aging period in the bottle.
A delightful dry Classic Penedes sparkling wine. What is Classic Penedes I hear you ask, well they make this wine using the Methode Champagnoise, therefore, if you like Champagne, this is the drink for you. It is produced by Mas Comtal from Penedes using 70% Xarel’lo and 30% Chardonnay grapes.
Colour:Pale straw yellow with golden and bright reflections. Very fine and persistent bubbles.
Nose:Notes of fresh fruit and dried herbs on the nose.
Taste:Fresh, fruity and good acidity on the palate.
If you really want to fancy this up, maybe mix it with one of these two gin liqueurs:
This is the fourth vintage of Incrocio Manzoni, a little known variety in our country, which Joan Milà (1943-2010) “discovered” and fell in love with on one of his trips to Italy. It is a variety called Manzoni Bianco or Incrocio Manzoni originally from the province of Treviso. In fact, it is a cross between Riesling Renano and Pinot Blanc conducted by Professor Luigi Manzoni. It was one of the most interesting outcomes after a series of various tests carried out in the mid-twentieth century with the aim of identifying new grape varieties that could complement those already existing in the Veneto region.
This variety stands out for the complexity provided by the PINOT BLANC and the aromatic strength of the RIESLING. Well-managed, it results in complex, aromatic wines with great aging potential. It has to be tried!
At Mas Comtal, up to the early 60s, Xarel·lo predominated. It coexisted with some Sumoll although, due to its low concentration of colouring agents in the skin, it was made into white wine. At that time, wine was sold in bulk. It was in the early 60s, with the increase in demand for white grapes to produce the base wine for cava, that the Sumoll and much of the Xarel·lo began to be replaced by Parellada and Macabeu. From 1966 to 1993, all grapes were sold to cava producers. We can therefore say that from 1960 to 1982, the vineyard was geared towards producing grapes for cava base wine: Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada.
In the early 80s, Albert Milà, with the help and unconditional support of his brother winemaker Joan Milà (1943-2010), a new era was entered upon with the aim of producing quality wines, transforming the family business by completing the production cycle:from planting the vines, their cultivation, making quality wine from the grapes and, once bottled, its marketing. This process led to the reorientation of the winemaking process by substituting Macabeu and Parellada for other varieties aimed at producing quality still wines and, subsequently, to implementing organic production in all 40 hectares of vineyard. Only the Xarel·lo grapevines have been preserved; today, all aged between 50 and 80 years old. The grapes of those oldest vines are the ones that have gone into producing these first 2,848 bottles of 75 cl.
ANTISTIANA was an ancient Roman town and villa of uncertain location off the Via Augusta on the road running from Arles to Tarragona and on to Cartagena. It is assumed that Antistiana was located in the triangle between VILAFRANCA DEL PENEDÉS, OLÈRDOLA and LA RÀPITA near SANTA MARGARIDA I ELS MONJOS. The Roman general GAIUS ANTISTIUS VETUS was very likely the reason for the name of the Roman settlement. The general also participated in the Cantabrian Wars.
As Joan Nebot, wine critic, says in one of his recent articles, our sparkling wine was the first Penedès “champagne”. We are concerned here with a wine with a secondary fermentation in the same bottle (Traditional method), a blend of the French variety Chardonnay with the quintessential variety native to our region, Xarel·lo. The latter is one of the oldest varieties grown on the Mediterranean.
Xarel·lo is the most commonly grown variety in the DO Penedès and has adapted extremely well at our vineyard of 40 hectares. At Mas Comtal, we have 15 hectares of Xarel·lo over 50 years old, providing qualitative production year after year that is accentuated with time. Chardonnay was planted on our vineyard for the first time in 1982, responding successfully. It brings great elegance and aging potential to our “champagne”.
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Spaniche Wines Malta has been established since 2017 and in that time has expanded and diversified its operation from solely importing Spanish wines, to now importing and distributing wines, spirits, beers and mixers. One thing hasn’t changed though, we insist on finding quality at good prices which we can then pass on to our clients.
Spain undoubtedly produces the best wines in the world when it comes to quality versus price. There are cheaper wines on the market, that is for sure, but when you compare the quality, Spanish wines are head and shoulders above the rest. As an example, try a bottle of Maro Carinena 2018 for €7.
The wines come from small, mainly family-run wineries in different regions such as Ribera del Duero, Navarra, Rioja, Priorat, Rueda, Rias Baixas and a few more.
Our mission is to offer the most comprehensive range of Spanish wines in Malta and Gozo. We already import the largest number of gins on these islands, along with three ranges of tonic waters and mixers to complement each gin.
Browse the shop, if there is anything you need that is not on there, email us. If we can't get it, we may well know who can.