Appellation: Vi escumós.
Cuvée: Roig Boig Ancestral.
Colour: Sparkling Pink.
Grapes: Mando, Sumoll, Xarello, Parellada, Torbat, Monica, Cannonau, Rogenc (Garnacha de Emporda), and Carinyana.
About: This deceptively simple Pet Nat (Ancestral) sparkling rosé wine is made from a blend of 9 grapes, both red and white. It’s the sparkling version of their killer pale red also called Roig Boig. Only 3,000 bottles were produced. It’s bone dry with dazzlingly juicy raspberry, rose and thyme fruit, a gentle fizz and cool acidity. Pure pleasure.

Vines

Location: Gunyoles.
Size ha: 1.5.
Age: planted between 1985 and 2010.
Soils: clay-limestone.
Exposition: south west and north east.
Altitude: 280m.
Training: on wire cordon de royat.
Farming: organic, with the emphasis to protect soil moisture and microbial activity.
Average yield hl/ha: 52.
Climate: Mediterranean.

Winemaking

“Ancestral” means that there was just one fermentation which finished in bottle, unlike the two ferments of the Champagne method. The grapes were macerated for just a few hours to take some colour then pressed to stainless steel tank to ferment. Nothing was added, no yeasts, no sulfites. The wine was bottled after 5 months.

2017

Yield hl/ha: 40.
Harvested: from late August to late September.
Bottles produced: 3,000.
Date bottled: 2017-12.
Alcohol %: 11.5.
SO2 Total: <7.
Tasting: gentle bubbles, gentle aromas of strawberry, thyme, fennel, lemon, soft, luscious fruit sweetness but bone dry, refreshing.