Island wines are always a challenging proposition, especially when the islands are major tourist destinations. Mallorca is know for many […]Keep Reading
Island wines are always a challenging proposition, especially when the islands are major tourist destinations. Mallorca is know for many things, but fairly low down on the list are fine wines. Most of the wine produced on the island is gulped down by thirsty, indiscriminate and alarmingly pink northern Europeans on holiday. So when we heard rumor of Binigrau from some of the top sommeliers in Catalunya we had to find out for ourselves.
Binigrau is located in Biniali, a quaint village of holiday homes a few kilometers inland from Palma. Founded in 2002 Binigrau is an estate of 30 hectares of indigenous varieties: Montonegro, Collet and Prensal, as well as international varieties: Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Miguel and Mathías Batle Pastor are both proponents of minimalist farming, cultivating their vineyard organically with some additional biodynamic practices. They are not following any current fad but simply farming the same way that their ancestors did centuries before. Believing that they are stewards of the land, they feel natural farming results in better fruit while respecting the environment in which it is grown.
While the farming looks to ancient practices the cellar is quite modern so when the grapes arrive after harvesting by hand, they are fermented in large oak tanks and smaller French oak barrels for the red wines while the white are aged in stainless steel tanks. Recently they have started using concrete eggs which show a special affinity for the native Prensal variety.Close