Callet

Callet is a dark-skinned, red wine grape variety indigenous to the island of Mallorca (Majorca). Mallorca lies among the Balearic Islands, a bastion of affluent hedonism off Spain's east coast. The most famous of the islands is surely Ibiza, while Mallorca lies low as a symbol of tasteful restraint in comparison. Callet is a manifest of this restraint with its firm, dusty structural attributes, lifted berry notes, dark colour and flexibility at the table.

The grape variety also plays a useful role on the wine lists of Barcelona, the fashionable gastronomic capital that serves as the transport hub to and from the island. Useful, because Callet's toned down versatility serves as a natural foil for the more flamboyant cuisine that the city is known for.

Callet was once most commonly used in the production of rosé, however the fashionability of wines such as 'Ñ' has facilitated a more serious approach to its production and expression. Nevertheless, it is still largely blended with the other indigenous varieties including Fogoneu and Manto Negro. In all, it is used to make savoury red wines of varying weight depending on extraction levels and price. Blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo or Syrah, among other grapes with international clout, is becoming more common.

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