Cuvée: 7 Gotims Celeste.
Grapes: Chenin 49%, Parellada 24%, Macabeo 8%, Pantsé 8%, Grenache Blanc 4%, Sumoll Blanc 4%, Valenciana 3%.
About: named after the seven varieties that comprise the blend, this amber coloured, cloudy looking wine is otherworldly, intensely flavoured and fresh.
Location: from seven vineyards, west and south of Barberà de la Conca, 50% being from Joan Ramon Escoda.
Size (ha): .
Age / year vines planted: 1998 back to 1980.
Soils: limestone and clay.
Altitude (m): all around 400.
Training: mostly double cordon de royat, some gobelet.
Farming: organic, not certified, the 50% from Escoda is biodynamic but not certified.
Average yield hl/ha: 20.
Climate: Mediterranean, dry, average annual rainfall 500mm.
Made just the same as the reds. Hand harvested into 20kg boxes and sorted in the field. Pre-ferment maceration, then fermented in 200L plastic tank, and one 220L old French oak barrel, using wild yeasts and whole bunch, on skins for 2 to 35 days at temperatures naturally occurring between 19 and 26ºC. No sulfites added. Pressed in a tiny old vertical press, blended and put back into barrel to age for three months. Bottled without filtration.
Vintage notes 2018
After a dry winter, 2018 was particularly wet, in spring and summer, causing issues with mildew and oidium, requiring extra treatments by copper and sulfur. Total rainfall 800mm. The wine style is accordingly lighter, fresher.
Yield hl/ha: 20.
Date harvested: between 8 September and 21 October.
Bottles produced: 274.
Date bottled: 2019-06-22.
SO2 Total: <10.
Tasting: you’ll have your own experience with this ever changing wine, at the time of tasting in summer 2019, we found iron, spice, earth and vegetal nose with dried herb, orange confit, the palate has energetic acidity but roundness and richness of fruit, very iron and astringent yet also juicy and complex with vegetal, dusty orange and pear fruit, peaty, salty, fresh, lively, complex, lingering, otherworldly, interesting.