Raventós i Blanc

2012 Textures de Pedra

BLEND | 30% Xarel.lo, 25% Xarel.lo Vermell, 25% Sumoll, 15% Bastard Negre & 5% Parellada

VINEYARDS | Xarel.lo and Bastard Negre from Vinya Més Alta, located at the top of the Serral hill, the highest plot on the estate - an unusual stony soiled vineyard with excellent drainage and low yields. Sumoll and Parellada in a high altitude vineyard in the West of the Conca del Riu Anoia, in which the varieties are co-planted.

WINEMAKING | Made in the traditional method. Vinification is done separately by variety (except Sumoll & Parellada) and soil type in stainless steel tanks followed by blending and secondary fermentation in the bottle, aged for a minimum of 42 months. Zero Dosage.

“The new kid on the block, first produced as a limited cuvée in 2011, is this unusual blend of traditional grapes, with other rarer Mediterranean varieties, 30% Xarello, 20% Xarello Vermell (a clone of Xarello which has a pinkish skin), 20% Sumoll (a red grape), 20% Bastard Negre (apparently Graciano, which I've never heard before), also a red grape, and 10% Parellada; it is a wine with low alcohol and high acidity that provided sharpness. The Xarello and Bastard Negre are planted at the highest altitude in the property on stony soils and produce very low yields, and the Summoll and Parellada were co-planted some 50 years ago, sourced from a local producer from the west of the river banks of the Arnoia River. The wine matured in contact with the lees for some 42 months and no sugar was added to it, so it's a Brut Nature. It's a darker shade of yellow, like a blanc de noirs, and it felt very serious, with a slightly closed nose. It develops more oxidative and lees notes, with smoky aromas and a core of ripe yellow fruit, exuberant and with a nice mouthfeel, very dry and tasty. This is closer to something from Selosse than Larmandier. This is a great addition to the portfolio, a nice complement. 2012 was a very short vintage and they produced 8,132 bottles.” - Luis Gutierrez