El3mento Red 2017
El3mento is a partnership between Luís Pedro Cândido da Silva and Carmelo Peña Santana, who met in 2012, whilst studying for a Masters in Oenology in Tarragona. A third element – clay – defines their Iberian project, which also features a tinaja wine from Gran Canaria where Carmelo, a chemistry and maths teacher, has made waves with his Ikewen label. Similarly, Luís Pedro, is an artful juggler, making Niepoort’s table wines in addition to his own Primata label and, since 2015, overseeing viticulture and winemaking at his family’s Douro estate, Quinta do Carolina.
Probably one of the Douro’s prettiest reds, this out-of-the-box wine actually comes from out of a clay jar, or tinaja, as they are known in Spain. It has pronounced floral perfume to its sappy red cherry fruit and lovely intensity, with not a jot of density. Lengthy skin contact imparts delicious lick and lift of spice. Long and fresh. Skilfully done, it is a fantastic debut from a dynamic duo. A single (1,000l) tinaja was made. 12%