Grape Variety: 90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Xarel Lo
Producer: Vinyes Tortuga (Dido & Jurriaan)
Region: Rabós, Catalunya, Spain
Wild Scale: 3/5
Winemaking: Organic Cabernet Franc and Xarel Lo grapes were sourced from another grower and then underwent a 3 day maceration before fermentation with indigenous yeast. Bottled with no fining, filtration or added sulphur.
This Wine: A light blend of red and white juice that is easy drinking and softly textured. The Xarel Lo brings an uplifting citrus vibe to the red fruit from the Cabernet Franc. Nice slightly chilled.
Notes on the Winemaker: Fruita Analogica is the negotiant project (where they buy grapes from other growers to produce the wine) of Vinyes Tortuga aka Dido and Jurriaan. The duo hail from the Netherlands and travelled the world learning winemaking before settling right in the North of Catalunya not far from the French border. They crowdfunded their vineyard purchase and are now on their 3rd vintage making wine that is full of joy. We visited in 2019 and listened to records in their winery whilst tasting samples. Each cuvee has a different reference to one of their favourite musicians.