Bodegas El Nido was established in collaboration with the Gil family of Bodegas Juan Gil. Utilising mature plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, together with ancient Monastrell (Mataro) selections from the mountain valleys North of Jumilla. Clio is composed from 60-70% Monastrell, with finishing touches of Cabernet and Syrah. The individual parcels are matured in an eclectic collection of new American and French barrels. The wine benefits from a few hours in a decanter prior to serving.
Clio is the upfront, luscious blend of Monastrell (Mourvèdre) with a small proportion of Cabernet and Shiraz aged for 24 months in new French and American barrels.
The vineyards surrounding the winery are planted on soils consisting mostly of limestone. At 30/40 cm is a layer of coarse (medium consistency limestone) that covers the entire vineyard; ranging 15 and 30 cm in size. Beneath this is a very sandy soil layer. The altitude varies from 700m to 850m above the sea level, consisting of small plots of Monastrell totalling 32 hectares, some very old vines. -almost centenarians- This is augmented by 12 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.8 hectares of Syrah planted on hills facing north.
The grapes are harvested into small baskets to prevent bruising and the bunches are brought to triage tables where they are hand sorted. De-stemmed and allowed to ferment in shallow open vessels, once basket pressed, Clio spends around 24 months in new French and American oak barrels. Chris choses to give the wine an additional two years bottle age in Australia prior to local release.