Appellation: none.
Cuvée: Blan d’Anzera.
Colour: White.
Grapes: Macabeu with Muscatel and some Garnacha Blanca depending the year.
About: a combination of the addition of Muscatel and fermentation and ageing in amphora gives this limited production wine richness and abundant energy, as well as an orange blossom fruit character. Anzera is the old name for an amphora in this part of Catalonia. Every house used to have them in their cellars in the pre-industrial days when polyculture was the norm.

Vines

Location: Espluga.
Size ha: 1.
Age: vines planted in 1984 and 2000.
Soils: ancient limestone terraces that keep nonetheless humidity.
Exposition: various.
Altitude: 425m.
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: 25.
Climate: Mediterranean with fresh nights.

Winemaking

Prior to 2016 made in inox. Starting 2016, the fruit is gently crushed into amphora where it macerates on skins for a week to 10 days before being racked off and returned to amphora to complete fermentation. Using natural yeasts and without any additives or manipulation at all, no sulfites, no filtration or clarification. No control of temperature. There’s not even a press. The amphora are racked to blend together in tank a week before bottling, 6 to 8 months after the harvest.

Vintage notes 2014
Second vintage of this wine. Saw 4 days in anfora on skins.
Yield hl/ha: 20
Harvested: August 27
Bottles produced: 900
Date bottled: 2015-05
Alcohol %: 10.5
SO2 Total: < 7

Vintage notes 2016
No Muscatel – hit by frost. So there’s 10% Garnacha Blanca instead.
Yield hl/ha: 20
Harvested: September 14
Bottles produced: 2,700
Date bottled: 2017-05
Alcohol %: 11.47
SO2 Total: < 7
Tasting: very mineral fruit, pear, lemon, salty, organge, floral, very precise, glassy, crisp, both astringent and silky, enery, finesse.

Vintage notes 2017
In 2017 the Muscatel was hit by hail and wasn’t happy. In the cellar, it was left whole bunch and foot trodden. But the wine hasn’t come around in summer 2018, remaining with high VA and some residual sugar, perhaps due to the hail damage the sugars never properly ripened.

Vintage notes 2018
Hot and dry year for most part. However, rain end July caused some mildew, and loss of some Macabeu.
Yield hl/ha: 20
Harvested: mid September
Bottles produced: 3,600
Date bottled: 2019-04
Alcohol %: 12.07
SO2 Total: < 7
Tasting: very gentle, silky, complex aromas of peach, rose, muscat, fennel, dried apricot, honey and orange blossom aromatics, salty, “vegetal water”, juicy, sappy. Fresh, lively, lovely.

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.
Yield hl/ha: 20
Harvested: mid September
Bottles produced: 3,400
Date bottled: 2019-05
Alcohol %: 12.07
SO2 Total: < 7
Tasting: beautiful aromas of honey, lemon, apple, orange essential oils, jasmin, green olive, fennel, quite rich and fat but great energy, too, ripe cleansing salty acidity, clean and persistent.

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.