Raventos i Blanc 2017 'De La Finca' Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
Item Number: 15373
Sub Region: Penedes
Appellation/AVA: Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Vinya dels Fòssils
Grape(s): 60% Xarel-lo / 30% Macabeo / 10% Parellada
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: High content of gray clay, sand and marine fossils
De la Finca sparkling wine is made with grapes from Raventós' oldest vines, planted using the gobelet system in 1964 in the Vinya dels Fòssils.
2017 Vintage Notes: After a 2016 vintage with the lowest rainfall recorded in the last 50 years (283.5 mm), a promising autumn and winter came with 320.8 mm of rain. March and April with 124 mm of rainfall helped the plant to have a good vegetative development. The growing season was short, and harvest started earlier than ever before. They finished the estate harvest on August 30 with the Xarel-lo from the Noguer Vineyard. It was healthy with concentrated, rounded wines with good acidity. The plant managed to recover from the drought of the 2016 vintage.
Viticulture Notes: While this is certified organic, the Raventós go a bit further and practice biodynamic farming to create a balanced ecosystem. Vineyards have spontaneous plant covers, which gives biodiversity, fertility, and life to the soil. Manure from their animals is composted in winter. They use plant infusions as phytotherapy to minimize the use of copper and sulfur. They control Lobesia Botrana (grapevine moth) via sexual confusion.
Vinification Notes: Grapes are manually harvested with strict selection. They enter into the cellar by gravity. The grapes are slowly pressed at a low temperature to obtain white must from red grapes. Static racking occurs at low temperatures. First fermentation in cement tanks at controlled temperature, separating varieties and soil types. The wines are blended and bottles for secondary fermentation. The tirage sugar is organically certified cane sugar. No expedition liquor is added. Raventós De La Finca ages for a minimum of 30 months in the bottle. Disgorgement date is indicated on the back label.