Raventós i Blanc

2008 Manuel Raventos

A personal selection by Manuel Raventós of the best wines of the vintage.

BLEND | 70% Xarel.lo, 15% Macabeu & 15% Parellada

VINEYARDS | Xarel.lo from El Clos, a north facing plot with the coolest and dampest microclimate on the estate, creating very long ripening cycles giving structured wines with excellent natural acidity. Parellada from La Creueta, the sandy soils giving concen-trated wines. Macabeu from La Vinya dels Fòssils, freshness and minerality from this lowest lying plot.

WINEMAKING | Made in the traditional method. Vinification is done separately by variety and soil type in stainless steel tanks followed by blending and secondary fermentation in the bottle, aged for a minimum of 6 years. Zero Dosage.

“Somehow I had only tasted later releases under the Enoteca label ten years after the vintage, but they also sell a current vintage of their grand vin, a blend personally decided by Pepe Raventós father, Manuel Raventos Negra, after whom the wine is named. 2008 was not an easy vintage, but often challenging vintages result in very good wines, as seems to be the case of the 2008 Manuel Raventós Negra, a Xarello-based blend with 15% each Macabeo and Parellada, presented as a Brut Nature and disgorged at least after six years in contact with the lees. This 2008 is sharp and direct, very lively, vertical and mineral. This is probably a little thinner, but I like the austerity, the verticality it displays. This is the more evolved of the three vintages produced. 3,425 bottles produced.” - Luis Gutierrez