Tanca Els Ulls - 2016 Cartoixà de Vinyes Velles

2016 Cartoixà de Vinyes Velles

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Carthusian of Marina
Catalonia, Spain SA

In the Alt Camp county bordering the Penedes region, Francesc Boronat organically farms 6 ha of vines, which sit on small hills nestled within pine forests, hazelnut, almond, olive and carob trees. Francesc's tiny-batch Cartoixà de Vinyes Velles is 100% Carthusian of Marina (Red Xarel) from a very special 1.5 ha vineyard on the north side of Nulles surrounded by pine, rosemary, fennel, thyme, mastic and garrigue forest, with a folded soil of pebbles, clays and limestone. Fruit was hand harvested and hand sorted in the vineyard, then macerated and wild fermentation on skins for 20 days before being aged in stainless for 6 months.

This is a complex wine that blossoms and blooms as it breathes. Deep amber coloured, it tastes of of the Mediterranean landscape, with bush flavours of rosemary and thyme. So so aromatic and herbaceous, layered with strawberry compote and faint vegetable broth vibes. Beautiful minerality and saltiness evincing the site's proximity to the sea. A really stunning, contemplative wine that fixes your lips to the glass. Close your eyes (tanca els ulls) and drift away ...

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