Grape Variety: Xarel Lo
Producer: Tiques (Joan Rubió)
Region: Penedès, Catalunya, Spain
Wild Scale: 2/5
Winemaking: Organic Xarel Lo grapes were harvested by hand. The grapes were crushed and only the first free-run juice was kept. Fermentation with indigenous yeast in stainless steel. The wine was aged under a layer flor in amphora. No fining or added sulphur.
This Wine: Natural white wine, pure, rich and precise in nature. The ageing under flor has brought some subtle oxidative notes to the citrus and orchard fruit. Saline and fresh. Best accompanied by a dish of fish, chicken or vegetables.
Notes on the Winemaker: Joan Rubió has a reputation as the 'master of Xarel Lo' and it is fully deserved. He spent years working for arguably the finest Cava house Recaredo before setting off on his solo adventure Tiques. He is an expert on biodynamic farming and teaches these practices to many other winemakers in the region. His wines are rich and precise and could even be mistaken for premium white Burgundy.