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Some wines from Bodegas Bentomiz

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Definition Bodegas Bentomiz

This small boutique winery makes some of the best wines of its denomination. Clara and André only use the best grapes of the steepest slopes of their mountainous region.

Their sweet wines are exceptional, and the dry reds and whites are also superb.

History Bodegas Bentomiz

A Dutch couple, Clara Verheij and André Both, settled together in Spain in 1995. They restored an old derelict sheep barn in the mountainous hinterland of Málaga. Clara soon started a language school while André launched his construction firm.

On their property stood a block of Moscatel (Muscat d’Alexandrie). The decided to make wine out of it themselves, without any prior knowledge - they had just caught the wine virus.

Little by little, their approach became more professional. They invested some money and hired a oenologist to get things on the right track.

Right from the start, they wanted to make something radically different, a modern style Moscatel. Their wines are named "Ariyanas", which means aromatic, perfumed. The name comes from an old moorish village on the hills of the Axarquía. The name Bentomiz being the name of the mountain looking down on the estate.

Their dry white blend embodies the qualities of a good Moscatel (Muscat) wine.

The sweet versions are delicately perfumed, but full of complexity. There is a “Naturalmente Dulce” and a “Terruño Pizarroso" (this one ages in wood for a short time). This surely represents the future of the DO Málaga.

Bodegas Bentomiz are also very active in reds. Clara and André even saved a long-forgotten grape variety, the Romé, with which they make a very elegant red wine.

Varieties

The main grape variety, with which everything started, is Moscatel (Muscat d’Alexandrie).

Bentomiz has 1.5 ha of this varietal, but also buys grapes from some 24 more hectares around the estate.

Up until recently, this Moscatel used to be vinified according to the oxydative method only. At Bentomiz, on the contrary, freshness is the objective, so the reductive method is preferred. And freshness there is in the wine.

This grape is widespread in the Málaga region. It has big berries that are also used for table grapes and raisins. This is not the case with the "Moscatel a grano menudo", with smaller berries – the two are often blended in the wines.

Since 2006, Bodegas Bentomiz have been making a red wine from a long-forgotten varietal, the Romé, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot or Tempranillo.

Romé is a variety best suited to slope vines and its wines show nice tannines and a good acidity. Bentomiz has 5 hectares of Romé. These are old vines (80 to 100 years), same as for Moscatel vines.

Terroir

The soils of the Axarquía are composed of brown slate, which may explain the nice minerality in the wines.

Vines are located between 450 and 900 m above sea level, overlooking the Mediterranean.

Thanks to of the altitude, the proximity of the sea and the breezes it brings, summers are not too hot.

All vines are trained in goblets, or bushes, very close to the soil, in small bowls, so as to retain as much rainwater as possible. There is no irrigation system.

Winemaking

All sweet wines at Bentomiz are "naturalmente dulces” – no alcohol is added to stop the fermentation. Their sugar and alcohol are all natural.

To achieve the needed sugar concentration, grapes are dried in the sun, on inclined banks that are specially designed for this.

The Ariyanas seco (a dry Muscat) is left 5 months on its lees, with a regular bâtonnage to add volume and enhance its flavours.

The Ariyanas Tinto is partially aged in barrels for 6 months (another part stays in tanks so as to preserve its fruitiness).

Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines
Bodegas Bentomiz - Spanish wines

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