Who: Alex Ruiz and Amós Bañeres.
What: DO Penedès and Cava.
Where: Sant Marti Sarroca, Vilafranca del Penedès.
When: Since 2018.
SIN is another project by vine grower Alex Ruiz and consultant winemaker Amós Bañeres to make excellent and inexpensive organic, natural wines without any additives and that are reflective of their terroir.
As with their other project Els Vinyerons, the vines and winemaking space belong to Alex Rios whose family are large-scale producers of Cava and who wanted to make wine on an artisanal scale from fully organic vines. The winemaking inspiration, and the poetry, is from Amós Bañeres, as Consultant, whose own wines are very limited in production and wanted to make a more readily available range of wines.
The beauty of these wines is their ease of drinking, fully expressing varietal character but with a lightness of touch very different from what’s normal in the Penedès. And where the Els Vinyerons wines are elegantly refined and see part ageing in old barriques, the SIN wines are straightforward, pure fruit.
2018 was the first year and was challenging, with twice the normal annual rainfall, particularly in the Spring. This turned out to suit the aims of the project to make light, pale, more “French”, vegetal wines.