2021 Celler Escoda-Sanahuja 'Els Bassots', Conca de Barbera, Spain
Conca de Barberá is a small DO in Catalunya, sandwiched between Penedés, Costers del Segre and Tarragona. It has cold winters and hot summers which are tempered by cool winds from the sea. The Chenin grapes for this cuveé are sourced from 10 hectares of vineyard co-plated with olive groves, and almond trees. Altitude is 450 metres above sea level and soils are clayey-calcareous.
VITICULTURE: Viticulture is biodynamic. Vegetation is left between the rows to encourage
biodiversity. A small farm on the premises keeping sheep and chickens supplies organic compost. The soils are covered with a vegetal mulch, which helps maintain moisture, crucial in the dry climate.
Grapes are handpicked and macerated on the skins for around ten days before fermentation in stainless steel using natural yeasts. Wine ages for at least one year in neutral French oak barrels. Wines are not filtered, stabilized or fined. No additional sulphur is used.
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