Area: D.O. Terra Alta (Catalonia, Spain)
Grape varieties: 71% red Grenache, 29% Syrah.
Type of Wine: Young red (no oak)
This wine is made in 3 steps, looking for a great fruitiness and lightness. The grapes are introduced into the stainless steel vat together, and left for a 15 days at a low temperature, the fermentation starts within the grapes. Then they are de-stemmed by the crusher de-stemmer, and the juice and skins are pumped into another vat for a 24h maceration. After that, the skins are pressed and the juice is moved into vat where it finishes the alcoholic fermentation, without the skins. Then it’s clarified and lightly filtered, sediments may form.
A reinterpretation of the carbonic maceration, adapting the system to obtain a wine with great fruitiness and lightness, “without body”, moreish red wine in a white wine style.
Lively purple color. Fresh and fruity nose with fruits of the forest (bramble, forest strawberry). Fine tannins, mid weight, fresh acidity, salty, and good length. Fresh red fruits (strawberry, cherry) dominate, but also present are sweet plums, chocolate, forest floor. Good complexity as well as drinkability!
Tasting by Frank Smulders MW (Master of Wine desde 1992).