Vineyard Son Alegre is happy to present this year’s white wine, Ramon Lo Foll 2016.
The new white wine of our 2017 season is dedicated to Ramon Llull, the Mallorcan writer, philosopher, teacher and mystic of the 13th century whose 700th anniversary of death was celebrated last year. He called himself, jokingly, Ramon Lo Foll (Ramon the Fool). We admire Ramon Llull and his way of contemplating the world. He was one of the greatest thinkers that Mallorca has ever seen and we are glad to pay homage to this outstanding man.
Our new Ramon Lo Foll white wine is a composition of organically grown Chardonnay, Giró Ros and Malvasía grapes in equal parts. Our vines were eleven years old at the time of the harvest. All grapes were carefully collected by hand, at the end of August 2016. Vineyard Son Alegre is one of the few vineyards of Mallorca cultivating all their vines and in fact all their land according to EU organic farming standards following the principles of Biodynamic and sustainable agriculture. We take the natural harmony of Nature serious. We are farming in sustainable ways based on an understanding of the ecosystem and the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. As a consequence, we leave our soil undisturbed by not ploughing our land.
Our new young white wine was vinified at a controlled temperature of between 16 and 18º C during the fermentation process with a maceration of 20 days. The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. The wine matured for six months in the tanks and a further two months in the bottle. The wine was bottled in March 2016. The alcohol content is 12.5% vol. Only 8,000 bottles were produced. Ideally, we would like to have had more of this wine for sale but we are only a small vineyard. Quantity is not our main objective; quality is, as well as an utmost respect for our land with the highest regard for Nature and the environment. In any case, we are grateful for and appreciative of what we have been able to achieve at Son Alegre over the last few years since we started our vineyard.
The Ramon Lo Foll 2016 white wine is best served at a temperature of 8º C and is well suited to the setting of Mallorca and to the Mediterranean climate. The wine is pleasing on the palate, fresh and refreshing. Its colour is clear and gentle. The wine has a distinct character and can be drunk on its own, in the company of good friends, with snacks or cheese, with fresh fish or with chicken, white meat, pasta or vegetarian dishes. Enjoy. And please, drink in moderation.
Vinya Son Alegre is proud to honour Don Pep Costa with our Picarol 2013 wine, available in Red (Merlot), White (Malvasía/Chardonnay) and Rosé (Merlot, Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon). Don Pep Costa was the founder of Cala d’Or (Mallorca) in 1933. He was locally known as ‘Picarol‘ and we respectfully chose his name to commemorate his life’s achievements with our wine.
A festive act was celebrated yesterday at Bar Fernando in Cala d’Or during the Fiestas de Santa Maria del Mar in the presence of Margarita Serra Costa, Picarol’s granddaughter, and Elena López-Gil, Don Pep’s Great-Granddaughter. Also present were the mayor of Santanyí, Llorenç Galmés, and a number of other political dignitaries. The eulogy was delivered by Miquel Manresa, founder and Managing Director of Vinya Son Alegre.
The August full moon gave us this year’s closest supermoon. According to NASA, this full moon was 14% closer and 30% brighter than other full moons of the year.
At Son Alegre, the lunar rhythm is one very important implement for our working the land. We have always observed the lunar calendar and the moon’s phases, just the way our forbears have done when it came to pruning their fruit trees, grafting plums onto almond tree branches, planting new trees, sowing their crop, harvesting their wine, mating their sows, sheep or horses, or even having their own hair cut. One might say that traditionally, the Mallorcan farmers’ lives have been governed by the moon even more than the sun.
Traditionally, the grape harvest is related to the cycles of the moon. For instance, the fortnight between the January New Moon and the January Full Moon is the time to cut the previous year’s vines back and prune them back to the woody-stemmed plant. Our vendimia, the grape harvest, usually starts with the August New Moon. Ever since we started our activities at Son Alegre, we have been guided by the lunar calendar and, so far, we have been rewarded with good results. It may not be perfect every year but it is always true to the land.
We will start harvesting this year’s grapes any day soon. We shall start with two white grape varieties, the Malvasía grape which is characterized by its deep color, distinct aromas and the presence of some residual sugar, as well as the Chardonnay grape, a malleable grape that happily adapts to our Mallorcan soil and in particular the Call Vermell soil, a clay loam formation containing plenty of iron oxide and lime.
We are proud of our work and we are grateful to the moon, to nature in general, to all our many helpers such as indigenous wild flowers and the wildlife on our land. To all of them we are truly indebted.