Sedella is the personal project of Spanish winemaker Lauren Rosillo, who established his 'mountain wine' winery in 2006. The winery is located in Sedella, a small town with only 400 inhabitants, located at an altitude of 750 metres in the Sierras de Malaga appellation.
The 2.5 hectare vineyard is on steep slopes (45%) of slate and is worked manually by 'draft animals' (donkeys) using Roman ploughs. The Mediterranean Sea can be seen to the south from the vineyards, and the often snow-capped peak of La Maroma mountain can been seen to the North. The altitude and proximity to the sea gives Sedella the elegance and freshness that we found so appealing in this wine. Sedella 2010 is a red field blend from indigenous Spanish grape varieties (many of them over 100 year old bush vines) including the rare Rom̩ variety 80%, Garnacha Tinta 15%, Jaen Tinto 3% and Moscatel 2%.
The modern winery and tasting room was designed by architect Paco Varela and offers great views of the vineyards within this mountainous region. These views are also depicted on the elegant label. Sedella is fermented in stainless steel tanks and then matured for 14-20 months in a mixture of 225 litre French oak barrels (two year old), cement and 1,050 litre French oak eggs. Sedella's limited production (a total of 3,000 bottles in 2010 and no production in 2011), use of indigenous varieties and location make this wine a true rarity. Sedella has a developing nose of liquorice, dried plums and herbs that gives way to medium bodied fruit on the palate with fine, smooth tannins, crisp acidity and a lovely, lingering finish. Sedella is drinking beautifully now but also has the balance and potential for cellaring..