Grapes are grown in the estates own vineyards in the province of Lleida. Situated at 270 metres above sea level, the area enjoys the benefits of the Mediterranean-continental climate. Winters are cold and often foggy, whilst summers are hot and temperatures of 38 degrees are not uncommon in August. Rainfall is limited yet the proximity of the sea (100km away) provides a refreshing maritime breeze called the 'Marinada' - this regulates the temperature of the vines. The estate is 400 hectares, with just 80 under vine; these are on average 20 years old. Vines are trained using the 'Royat double' system at a density of 2000 to 3800 plants per hectare, with yields of 6000 kilos per hectare. Fermentation and maturation for 7 months in new American and French oak barrels with occasional battonage.
Beautifully poised, lightly smoky notes are balanced by tropical fruit aromas. Fresh pineapple, exotic flowers and bright acidity mingle with a touch of spice and lightly nutty, savoury characters to give a broad mouthfeel and long finish.
Ideal with white meats such as pork or chicken, cooked in rich, creamy sauces.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2016