Raventos i Blanc 2016 'Textures de Pedra' Blanc de Noirs, Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
Item Number: 15614
Sub Region: Penedes
Appellation/AVA: Conca del Riu Anoia Barcelona
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: La Vinya Més Alta Vineyard
Grape(s): 50% Xarel·lo Vermell / 25% Sumoll / 25% Bastard Negre
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Soils of marine origin, with a large presence of calcareous pebbles eroded from the Catalan mountain range that existed some 120M years ago
This is the combination of three local black grape varieties: Xarel-lo vermell, Bastard Negre and Sumoll. Textures de Pedra is a vin gris concentrated on the palate and with a great potential for aging.
2016 Vintage Notes: 2016 was a surprising vintage. The estate received the lowest rainfall since they have data (1950) and magnificent balances. The cycle began with very low rainfall. The self-regulation of the strain meant that the BrimA (internal maturity standard) was high and the grapes were of a low weight, causing a large drop in production, but an appropriate balance for the plant. The harvest was developed over a long, warm period with zero rainfall until September 13, with 90% of the estate already harvested. The varieties that are better adapted to drought were those with large grapes, such as Xarel-lo and Sumoll. A surprising harvest in terms of quality; very good balance of sugars, acidity and structure due to the concentration of the grape caused by the lack of water. Yields were very low, the lowest in the history of the estate.
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 occurs spontaneously with native yeast 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 Textures de Pedra ages for a minimum of 42 months in the bottle. Disgorgement date is indicated on the back label.