Xarel Lo / Macabeo
Tiques - Joan Rubio
Grape Variety: Xarel Lo, Macabeo
Producer: Tiques (Joan Rubió)
Region: Penedès, Catalunya, Spain
Wild Scale: 2/5
Winemaking: Biodynamic Xarel Lo grapes from 70 year old vines on a single plot were harvested by hand. The grapes were put into stainless steel tanks and only free-run juice was kept. Fermentation with indigenous yeast. The wine was aged in red clay amphora vessels. No added sulphur.
This Wine: Natural white wine with some skin contact that gives it a orangey colour in the glass. This is a savoury and toasty affair with developed citrus and orchard fruit flavours. Best served with food.
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.