Vineyard site: LA LLAONA
AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES: Organic viticulture via the Permaculture System. The vineyards are not ploughed (they are treated like a forest).
HARVEST: Handpicked on 20th October 2012.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 7.4 g/L. NO ADDED SULPHITES.
- Training system: Double Cordon Royat
- Pruning system: Spur
- Variety: Xarel·lo
- Planted in: 1984
- Planting layout: 280 cm x 165 cm
- Orientation: 218 SW
- GPS Coordinates: N41º 24,085′ E1º 39,424′
- Vineyard altitude: 292 m above sea level.
This is the 3rd XAREL·LO organic still wine that has been certified by the D.O. Penedès. It is a highly expressive QUALITY WINE PRODUCED IN A PARTICULAR REGION (in the Catalan language VI DE QUALITAT PRODUIT EN REGIO DETERMINADA or V.Q.P.D.R). The fruit clusters were handpicked on fruit days and vinified following the canons of the Lunar Calendar 2012. The majority of the clusters come from old vines and vineyards that have not been ploughed for more than 7 years. The SPIDERS in the vineyards act as a natural insecticide. There are approximately 15 spiders per hectare that weave webs with a width of 40 to 70 cm that reach from row to row trapping the much-feared Piral butterflies and moths. The weeds are crushed by means of a roller and then cut away (this means no dust or fine particles are scattered into the air). The overripe Xarel·lo clusters are lightly crushed in a vertical plate press and then macerated with their skins for 2 days. 95% of the must is fermented in stainless steel tanks at a low temperature to enable us to extract and maintain the aromas and 5% is fermented for 30 months in new French oak barrels to round the wine off. The resulting wine is bottled in 750 ml ceramic containers (this material preserves the wine from the negative effects of light). The bottle is therefore corked with a technological cork stopper (DIAM 10) and sealed with wax. The bottle aging process is done underwater in a vertical position in underground deposits in non-negative geobiological zones (NEVER PLACED OVER CURRY LINES). This wine does not contain any added sulphites.
If the bottle has been SHAKEN, LAID DOWN in a horizontal position or TRANSPORTED IN NON-FAVOURABLE CONDITIONS, it should be left for a minimum of 2 days to settle in a VERTICAL position. At no moment should the bottle be stored in a horizontal position, as the wine would be served in a hazy or non-clear state. Best served without disturbing the contents of the bottle. THIS IS DUE TO THE FACT THE WINE HAS NOT BEEN FILTERED.
Best type of glass to be served in:
• RIEDEL 446/15 (Riedel Restaurant-Zinfandel-Riesling Series)
The product is presented in wooden boxes certified with the Health and Safety Rules and Regulations NIMF-15.
In appearance, this wine is of an orange colour with a copper hue. On the nose, we can find freshness and complexity obtained from the forest flowers. On the palate, this wine is elegant and has a long finish. It can be drunk and enjoyed during the following 10 years.
Serving temperature: 8 – 12ºC
Storage temperature: 6 – 18ºC
Perfect to pair with all types of meat and fish like monkfish and sea bass.