Appellation: none.
Cuvée: Blankaforti.
Colour: Red.
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Noir, Syrah, and Macabeu or Parellada, in varying proportions according to the year.
About: Blankaforti means the wine from Blancafort and is representative of all of Jordi’s black grapes in his home commune. Where Jordi’s whites are delicate and water like, his reds are full flavoured with a deep but very fine acid-tannin structure. Both reds and whites are wines needing food, though.

Vines

Location: Blancafort.
Size ha: 5.
Age: vines planted between 1980 and 2010.
Soils: ancient limestone terraces that keep nonetheless humidity.
Exposition: various.
Altitude: 430 to 600m.
Training: cordon double royat.
Farming: biodynamic, cover crops, grasses, herbs, and flowers adding to soil health, retention of moisture, and bio-diversity.
Average yield hl/ha: 30.
Climate: Mediterranean with fresh nights.

Winemaking

De-stemmed and put in stainless steel to ferment with 10 to 12 days on skins before racking off and putting back in stainless to finish the ferment and age. No pressing (Jordi doesn’t own a press). The wine remains there until bottling, without fining, filtration or clarification after 9 months.

Vintage Notes 2016
Yield hl/ha: 20
Harvested: september 15.
Bottles produced: 3,000
Date bottled: 2017-05
Alcohol %: 12.34
SO2 Total: 16
Tasting: a plump and juicy wine full of black berry, raspberry and cherry fruit, with black pepper, green pepper and notes of leather adding complexity, so silky and mouthwatering you hardly notice the quite firm tannins that give it the structure to marry perfectly with protein in all forms.

Vintage Notes 2017
Moved to finish fermentation in new Extramadura amphorae of 1000L. Blend of Cabernet 60, Grenache Noir 30, and Parellada 10.
Bottles produced: 5,000
Date bottled: 2018-05
Alcohol %: 13.56
SO2 Total: < 4
Tasting: tons of rich, pure vibrant cassis and black cherry fruit, silky, airy, energetic, medium bodied, bone dry, very digestible.

Vintage notes 2018
Available but never fermented dry so a very different proposition.

Vintage notes 2019
Very hot and dry year for the most part. But there was a good rainfall end July and middle of August to aid a perfect maturation. Stylistically rich, full fat fruit, some residual sugar that doesn’t put me off and bottled in a heavy bottle, not due to the RS but due to lack of delivery of regular bottles due to covid restrictions.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 40, Grenache Noir 40, Syrah and Parellada 20.
Bottles produced: 6,000
Date bottled: 2020-04
Alcohol %: 13
SO2 Total: < 4
Tasting: rich, pure and quite sweet yet vegetal cassis and black cherry fruit, yet very refreshing, cleansing, silky, medium-full bodied, long finish. Great fun.

Vintage notes 2020
A very challenging year in all ways, with heavy and persistent rain causing mildew problems and widescale loss of fruit. But the season finished well with fine weather during summer and harvest time and some purchases of fruit to make up for some losses.