Cuvée: Karismàtika Llibertària.
Grapes: Macabeo 85%, Parellada 15%.
About: named after and in tribute to the anarchist revolutionary women who fought in 1936 against the fascists.
Location: 200m just out to the north of the village of Barberà de la Conca, in the Font Gitarda lieu-dit.
Size (ha): 0.23.
Age / year vines planted: 1949/50.
Soils: limestone and clay.
Altitude (m): 450.
Farming: organic, not certified, the 50% from Escoda is biodynamic but not certified.
Average yield hl/ha: 5.
Climate: Mediterranean, average annual rainfall 500mm, but next to a basin so there’s a humid microclimate.
Made in the same way 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 4 to 27 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 19 September and 20 October.
Bottles produced: 237.
Date bottled: 2019-05-26.
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 the vineyard, dirt, vegetal, dried orange, lemon confit, thyme, brush, palate intense, driving acidity, astringent tannins, yet gentle, spicy, lovely clarity of vegetal orange fruit, very clean finish. Intense, different, striking. Fine.