Porcellànic Xarel·lo Surlie Wine 2011

Porcellànic Xarel·lo Surlie WineVineyard sites: LA LLAONA and SOTA SERRA

AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES: Organic viticulture via the Permaculture System. The vineyards are not ploughed (they are treated like a forest).

HARVEST: Handpicked on 22rd October 2011.

ABV: 12.5%




  • Training system: Double Cordon of 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.


  • Training system: Double Cordon of Royat
  • Pruning system: Spur
  • Variety: Xarel·lo
  • Planted in: 1973
  • Planting layout: 250 cm x 160 cm
  • Orientation: 283 WNW
  • GPS Coordinates: N41º 24,078′ E1º 39,416′
  • Vineyard altitude: 295 m above sea level.


This is the 3rd XAREL·LO SUR LIE 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 2011 – 2012. The majority of the clusters come from old vines and vineyards that have not been ploughed for more than 6 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 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. They are then macerated, fermented and the wine is left on its fine lees in new French oak barrels (Allier) for 9 months at a low temperature to enable us to extract and maintain the aromas. The wine is then 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), sealed with wax and stamped. The bottle aging process is done underwater in a vertical position in underground deposits in non-negative geobiological zones (NEVER PLACED OVER CURRY LINES). Our commitment to the environment is recognized by the carbon footprint stamp (FROM THE NURSERY TO THE DOOR) and is equivalent to 1.470 kg of CO2 per bottle. This wine does not contain any added sulphites.

Further Considerations

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 446/5 (Riedel Restaurant-Chardonnay/Viogner Series) or RIEDEL 489/01 (Degustazione White wine Series).

The product is presented in wooden boxes certified with the Health and Safety Rules and Regulations NIMF-15.

Tasting note

In appearance, this wine is of an intense golden colour. On the nose, we can find complex aromas of ripe fruits like those of apples and lychees that blend with the elegant spicy aromas from the new French oak barrels. On the palate, this wine is powerful, fresh and well-structured with a mouth-filling explosion of ripe fruits and finesse from the oak.

Food Matching

This wine matches perfectly with Black rice (squid ink rice) and Fideuà (a type of noodle paella). The Oysters from the Delta are the best option. It also ideally matches with soft cheeses (Ton dels Til·lers).