4 Monos | Sierra de Gredos
4 Monos, meaning “4 Monkeys”, is the brainchild of four friends who met whilst hiking in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range west of Madrid. Husband and wife Javier Garcia and Laura Robles take care of all the viticulture and winemaking from a total of 10 hectares of vineyards (five of which they own), supplemented by a further 5 hectares of prime vineyards that they source fruit from. In 2016 the project expanded and total production rose to 35k bottles, necessitating a move from the rented garage to an operational winery (that is still tiny!) in the village of Cadalso de los Vidrios. Winemaking is hands-off and traditional, favouring whole bunch fermentation and long, gentle macerations. Ageing is carried out in neutral oak casks for 12-18 months before bottling. The resulting wines are bright, jewel-like and crystalline. Tension and precision reign supreme and each wine has its own unique personality within a framework of succulent fruit, bristling acidities and gorgeous perfumes.