Raventos i Blanc 2008 'Manuel Raventos Negra'
Item Number: 9150
Sub Region: Penedes
Appellation/AVA: Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 70% Xarel-lo / 15% Parellada / 15% Macabeu
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.2
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/l
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Case Production: 575
This wine represents the personal selection by Manuel Raventós of the best wines of the vintage.
Terroir: The soils on the estate are calcareous and date back to the oldest period of the Penedès depression some 16 million years ago. The first layer comprises roots of up to 1 meter that live in the clay along with nutrients, organic matter and water. The second layer, from 1 meter down, is where the plant meets the compact clays known locally as galera. The calcareous base rock is encrusted with marine fossils. The large number of marine fossils that characterize the structure and composition of these soils are the main source of the typical salinity and minerality of the Raventós wines.
Harvest 2008: 2008 was the first year the viticulture at Raventós i Blanc was 100% organic. So the specific characteristics of the calcareous soils with high content of marine fossils, and the influence of the 2008 vintage are delicately reflected in this signature wine.
Winemaking Notes: Grapes were harvested by hand. They entered the winery by gravity and were softly pressed to stainless steel tanks to begin fermentation. At each stage, the atmosphere was controlled by dry ice. Assemblage and second fermentation occurred in the bottle (méthode champenoise) with a minimum aging period of 72 months. No dosage was done. Disgorgement date is stated on the back label.
Tasting Notes: Baking notes, soft anise, a touch of salinity and the characteristic mineral notes that come from the terroir are combined with a wonderful freshness. The eight years of aging in horizontal position give it a strong golden color, wonderful structure in the mouth, and a silky enveloping texture, with a long, bitter finish typical of wines from Conca.