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What is Monopole?


If there was a Venn Diagram showing wine lovers, secret keepers and bargain hunters, Monopole would lie smack in the centre. WineLab taste thousands of wines each year and, in 2020, many of these were from small winemakers around the world struggling to make ends meet despite housing some true gems. 

So we got to thinking, how can we harness the power of the people to access these wines and fund the best possible deals? No strings. No schemes. No subscriptions.

 Monopole, that’s how.

How does it work?

OFF THE GRID: We find something really special, literally sometimes hidden at the back of a winery. We instinctively know that while it may not on the everyday export list, we have a cohort of Winelab devotees who might just love it, so we hedge our bets and negotiate the best possible price.

 GOING, GOING, GONE: While this wine will be available until stocks run out, the pre-arrival price will be for a limited time only saving you anything from 25-50% on standard retail pricing. Once it lands in our warehouse it will be dispatched to you immediately.

 JOIN UP: There is no fee to join, simply sign up to our mailing list to be notified when a new Monopole offer lands and then purchase your bottles within the short timeframe given to avail of these incredible offers.  

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2018 'El Barredo', Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
2018 'El Barredo', Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
2018 'El Barredo', Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
2018 'El Barredo', Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
2018 'El Barredo', Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon
2018 'El Barredo', Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon

2018 'El Barredo', Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon

€240.00 €120.00
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  • 6 Bottles

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Why do we love this wine?

From the cellars of Veronica Ortega, one of the top winemakers in Spain, El Barredo is our most successful Monopole offer to date and the wine that started this whole journey. We bought four barrels of this wine and it sold out within a couple of hours of going live. The good news is that there was one barrel left over, and we managed to twist Veronica’s arm into bottling this for us. 

Veronica had identified a special block called ‘El Barredo’ in one of her vineyards in Villabuena, Bierzo a few years ago. This block is higher than the rest of the vineyard and has more slate in the soil – these two factors contribute additional freshness and structure. It also had a much older clone of the local Mencía grape and was interplanted, as most of these ancient vineyards are, with a couple vines of white varieties such as Dona Blanca, Palomino and Godello. She was farming biodynamically, and the fruit was amazing. Due to the uniqueness of this block, she had separated the 2018 vintage. It underwent a very gentle winemaking process, was put into older oak barrels to mature and the wine was ageing beautifully. 

With the arrival of COVID everything stopped. All of her export markets closed as everything shut down. This wasn’t the time to introduce a new project, and the wine just kept ageing. Fast forward to early 2021 and the inception of Monopole. The wine had now spent two years in oak barrels and was absolutely stunning, but Veronica was not sure what to do with it. If Veronica says the wine is stunning, you listen – she has the one of the most impressive winemaking CVs and makes wines that are hauntingly beautiful. Veronica's single vineyard wines "Roc", "Cobrana", and "Version Original" are firm favourites here but ordinarily command a shelf price of €40-45. 

We are delivering this wine for half of that. It's not often that we get second chances at unreal offers – don’t sleep on this opportunity!
  

Region
Spain
Bierzo

Grapes
Mencia 93%
Godello, Palomino, Dona Blanca 7%
Winemaking
Hand picked grapes
 50% whole cluster, 50% destemmed
 25 days maceration
24 months in old French oak barrels
Vineyard
600m altitude
Sandy clay soil with slate bed
Cellaring Potential
10 years +
Region
Spain
Bierzo

Grapes
Mencia 93%
Godello, Palomino, Dona Blanca 7%
Winemaking
Hand picked grapes
 50% whole cluster, 50% destemmed
 25 days maceration
24 months in old French oak barrels
Vineyard
600m altitude
Sandy clay soil with slate bed
Cellaring Potential
10 years +

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