Raventos i Blanc 2014 'L'Hereu' Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
Item Number: 9928
Sub Region: Catalunya
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 40% Macabeu / 40% Xarel-lo / 20% Parellada
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.7
Total Acidity: 6.73 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Calcareous
L’Hereu Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling wine marked by the authenticity of its origin, Vinya del Llac, a vineyard with vines more than 40 years old, which provides structure and complexity.
Soil: The soils on the Raventós 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. Second layer, from 1 meter down, is where the plant meets the compact clays known locally as galera. Galera is a calcareous base rock 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 wines from the estate.
Harvest 2014: The 2014 vintage began with a warm fall. The winter was dry and very warm, causing the vines to bud early. Spring, with vegetative development, was warm and very dry. A vegetative cycle with little water produced a greater concentration in the grapes and a drop in production. Sporadic rainfall in July and at the beginning of August favored a good ripening of the grapes. The harvest was not particularly productive but of good quality with a high acidity for the wines.
Viticulture: Raventós practices biodynamic viticulture to create a vineyard with spontaneous vegetation coverage, which affords biodiversity, fertility and gives the soil a lot of life. Composted manure is added from their animals. Plants and herbal infusions are used to minimize the use of copper and sulphur. Lobesia Botrana is controlled by means of sexual confusion.
Winemaking: Grapes are manually harvested. The grapes enter the winery by gravity. At each stage, the atmosphere is controlled by dry ice. Slow pressing occurs at low pressures. The first fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. Assemblage and second fermentation occurs in the bottle with a minimum aging period of 18 months in a horizontal position. Disgorgement date is stated on the back label.