The island of Mallorca, located between the city of Valencia on the mainland and the island of Sardinia, is the biggest of the Balearic islands. More known as a touristic beach destination, Mallorca actually has a long history as a grape-growing region. In fact, there are documents which relate the Mesquida family to the production of wine from as far back as the 16th century. The Mesquida winery, as a commercial entity, was founded in 1945 by the grandfather of brother and sister Barbara and Jaume Mesquida Mora, and for years the wine was sold to local farmers. In the 1980s, their father planted international varieties to be sold to the tourists who would flock to the island each summer. Barbara and Jaume took over the estate in 2004 and decided to convert the vineyards to organics by using biodynamic principles. The vineyards have been Demeter certified since 2007. They started seeing a change in the quality of their grapes soon after changing to biodynamics. They immediately started seeing earthworms, then bees and ladybugs in the vineyards. The grapes, which were often affected by botrytis due to the island’s natural humidity, were able to resist this mold after conversion. They now have grapes that give more balanced fruit with lower pHs and thinner grape-skins.
Today, the estate consists of 20 hectares of vineyards that range from 10 years to over 50 years old, over seven different plots, planted to a rich mosaic of soils, including limestone, clay, and caillvermeil (red clay, rich in iron). In addition to native varieties such as Premsal, Callet, Manto Negro, and Gorgollasa, the brother and sister team have kept some of those international varieties planted by their father, including old vines Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. All wines are made without the use of commercial yeasts, and SO2 levels are kept to the bare minimum. Production levels are small, with approximately 7500 cases made in total each year.
Mesquida Mora Sincronia Blanc 2015
Sincronia Blanc takes its name from the simple pieces of life that take opportunity from other pieces, the magic of life. The Blanc is made of Premsal, Parellada, Giró and Chardonnay, having seen a hand harvest, separate fermentations, and a combination for a 4-month aging in stainless steel on the lees. The Premsal is a fairly light bodied varietal, so it saw a couple days of skin contact to add more depth to the final wine. No sulfur was used throughout the entire winemaking process and the final wine is soft yet has incredible texture and freshness and a salty mineral finish. 3.35 pH.
"(all stainless steel) Light gold. Ripe orange, fresh fig, honey and a hint of pear skin on the deeply perfumed nose and in the mouth. Dense and lush but lively as well, showing very good concentration and a late note of quinine that adds a refreshingly bitter edge. Lively and persistent on the finish, which clings with very good tenacity and a building floral note. 90 Points "
-- Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media, Jan 2017
Mesquida Mora Sincronia Tinto 2016
The Negre is a blend of 50-60% Callet a local variety known for its violet-scented aroma and minerality, and international varietals (Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot). After a hand harvest, separate fermentations (all in stainless), and assemblage into 2nd and 3rd use American and French oak barrels for 6 months, the wine is bottled with freshness as well as some power. Rich dark fruits and spice show brightly in this red, with ample tannins and very balanced acidity. A long and graceful finish follows the robust mouth-feel, assisting with the great versatility for this wine on the dinner table.