Cuvée: A l’Aguait.
About: named the “hare’s eye” after the local name for Tempranillo “Ull de Llebre”, this is a mineral, refreshing style.
Location: just south of the village of Barberà de la Conca.
Size (ha): 0.22.
Age / year vines planted: 1996-1997.
Soils: limestone and gravel.
Altitude (m): 440.
Training: double cordon de royat.
Farming: organic, not certified.
Average yield hl/ha: 29.
Climate: Mediterranean, dry, average annual rainfall 500mm.
Hand harvested into 20kg boxes and sorted in the field. Pre-ferment maceration, then fermented in one 200L plastic tank and one 300L old French oak barrel, using wild yeasts and whole bunch, on skins for 37 and 46 days respectively at temperatures naturally occurring between 19 and 24ºC. 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: 33.
Date harvested: on 5 days between 19 september and 16 october.
Bottles produced: 275.
Date bottled: 2019-05-25.
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 earthy, dusty, peppery, sausage aromas. Palate is soft, fresh, gentle, rounded light tannins, plum and cassis fruit, bit too much sausage. Needs some food. Quite long. Well balanced.