4 Kilos Motor America is made 100% with an indigenous varietal of Mallorca called Callet; aged briefly in clay amphorae, it is a light, bright red with aromas and flavors of wild berries and refreshing acidity. The carbonic, no-added-sulfur wine is named in tribute to Francesc’s father who worked in the auto industry and is straight-up juicy raspberry punch that demands to be drunk.
In August of 2006, Francesc Grimalt and Sergio Caballero set up 4Kilos Wines in Mallorca, a winery dedicated to producing wines that reflect the strength of the grape and its nuances but with a different approach and different presentation. Their concept is not only that of variety but of the importance of the combination of strain-soil-climate-growth.
Francesc Grimalt, winemaker and former partner and technician of the Anima Negra Cellar in Mallorca, is known mainly for rescuing the variety of the native grape Callet on the Balearic wine scene. Sergio Caballero is also musician and founding partner and co-director of the Sonar festival of advanced music and multi media arts, and who is responsible for 4Kilos' unique image.
In 2007 alongside Apolonia Viticultors—Balearic Agrarian society—they converted a former sheep farm into a small winery. They were able to produce the crop for 4Kilos 2007 and their new project 12Volts 2007 that after twelve months in the barrel was launched onto the market at the beginning of 2009.
The vineyards are located in different parts of the north and south of Mallorca, the reason for which being that they do not belong to any particular D.O. The strains are planted mostly in soils Cal Vermell a popular name to describe the Franco clay soil. The varieties that are grown are Callet, Cabernet Sauvignon, French Fogoneu, Merlot, Monastrell and Syrah.
Spanish red wine is known for being bold, heady, rustic and age-worthy, Spain is truly a one-of-a-kind wine-producing nation. A great majority of the country is hot, arid and drought-ridden, and since irrigation has only been recently introduced and (controversially) accepted, viticulture has sustained—and flourished—only through a great understanding of Spain’s particular conditions. Large spacing between vines allows each enough resources to survive and as a result, the country has the most acreage under vine compared to any other country, but is usually third in production.
Of the Spanish red wines, the most planted and respected grape variety is Tempranillo, the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. Priorat specializes in bold red blends, Jumilla has gained global recognition for its single varietal Monastrell and Utiel-Requena has garnered recent attention for its reds made of Bobal.