Raventos i Blanc 2014 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Raventos i Blanc 2014 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona

Item Number: 12976

UPC: 8-421478705105

Country: Spain
Region: Catalunya
Sub Region: Penedes
Appellation/AVA: Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: La Vinya Més Alta Vineyard
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 30% Xarel-lo / 25% Xarel-lo Vermell / 25% Sumoll / 15% Bastard Negre / 5% Parellada
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Terroir Notes: Textures de Pedra is named after its vineyard of origin, the Vinya Més Alta, situated at the top of the Turó del Serral. This vineyard is at the highest point of the estate. The soils are extremely stony, so the vines' roots have to grow deep into the layers to find water. The result is a concentrated and structured sparkling wine with great tension.

Viticulture Notes: The Raventós practice biodynamic farming. Vineyards have spontaneous plant cover, which fosters biodiversity, fertility and life in the soil. Compost from the animals on the estate is used. Plant infusions are used as phytotherapy to minimize the use of copper and sulphur. The European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) is controlled by sexual confusion. Harvest is manual.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are processed using a gravity system and the pressing is slow with low pressure. At each stage, the atmosphere is controlled with dry ice. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature, separating varieties and soil types. The wines are blended and bottled for secondary fermentation and aging. Textures de Pedra ages for a long time on its lees in a horizontal position before release. This 2014 vintage is the recent release. No expedition liquor is added. The disgorgement date is indicated on the back label.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (4/25/2019)

    Powerful, spice-accented red berry, orange zest, buttered toast and floral scents are underscored by an intense mineral nuance. Broad, chewy and focused on the palate, offering deeply concentrated citrus fruit, red berry and spicy ginger flavors. Hints of smoky lees and chamomile build on the back half. Powerful yet lithe in character, displaying superb finishing thrust, energy and mineral-driven persistence. (aged for 42 months on its lees and bottled with no dosage)
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (8/30/2019)

    The 2014 Textures de Pedra comes from a dry year that was warmer than 2013 but a little cooler than 2015, and the wine reflects that. It comes from their higher-altitude vineyard (some 250 meters in altitude) with alluvial soils covered by boulders á la Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which give very low yields. With time, the clay has been washed down to the lower-altitude places, and this part has remained stony and poor, which is the character the soil transmits to the wine. This is sold one year later than the De la Finca, after some four years in bottle with the lees. This is a serious, austere and mineral sparkling wine with a very strong mineral sensation and a dry, salty finish.