It was Philip the Fair in 1293 who first used a Mediator to settle a dispute over land rights with his brother. From that day on we have view this term with regards to fairness, to balanced reasoning and to harmony. So it is with the Mediator by Urlar. Our Mediator wine express the season. We are the caretakers of the land, nurturing the soil and biodiversity that lives underneath and above. So much so that our dedicated team often finds themselves knee-deep in compost with cow horns in hand. We take in consideration the lunar cycles, the season, weather and our people.
Alcohol Grade: 12.5%
Aging/ Vinification: The grapes were harvested by parcel (clone) on flavours and skin ripeness. Each clone was fermented separately in a mixture of traditional oak cuves and stainless-steel vats after undergoing a period of cold soak to enhance colour extraction. Our winemaking style encourages fruit complexity, texture and balance. The wine was matured in French oak barrels, blended and bottled unfiltered.
Best to have it: 14-16ºC
Aging potential: 5-10 years
ph: 3.66 , TA: 6.0 g/L , zero residual sugar.
The Winery: Urlar Wines
Urlar (pron. er-lar):
A Scottish Gaelic word that means the earth.
Family owned vineyard proudly specialising in handcrafted wines.
Using the biodynamic farming and gardening calendar, the rhythmic influences of the sun, moon, planets and stars are recognized and worked where possible. This commitment has been recognised and rewarded recently when we won the Hills Harvest and Gallagher Innovation Awards.
The result is beautiful, clean, true wines that have not impacted negatively on the soil as they have been crafted.
Their 31-hectare single vineyard is located on ancient free-draining soils and our inter-row crop rotation maintains healthy soils full of life and biodiversity. The seven year crop rotation maintains healthy soils and vines. Every seven years, one row in seven will be planted in a variety of plants and wild flowers. These flowers, such as buckwheat, lupins, stinging nettles, dandelions and yarrow provide crucial protection to the vineyard as they attract beneficial insects that will kill off unwanted pests and predators that can destroy the vines, leaves or roots.