8/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Emporda – Celler Martín Faixó– Cap de Creus – Perafita Picapoll
Cadaqués doesn’t ring a bell? It should! Famous as it is, you should have heard about it. New York, Paris, Rome…….., sure if you like the big city feel. It’s kind of similar only much smaller.
But seriously, for the art lovers out there, this is and I guess will always be, the land of the great Salvador Dali. He once said of the town that inspired much of his work: “I have spent a delightful summer, as always, in the perfect and dreamy town of Cadaqués. There, alongside the Latin sea, I have been quenched by light and colour”.
I think that Dalis statement could be applied to the wines made in this region. Not far from Cadaqués, the beautiful Masia of Celler Martín Faixó is laying majestically overlooking the National Park of Cap de Creus.
The main vineyards of Celler Martín Faixó can be found around Cadaqués, it is the venture of two family businesses: agriculture, with a vineyard and an olive grove, and food business, with two restaurants.
During 2000 the Martin Faixó family started to recover the grapevine plantation in the National Park of Cap de Creus. Four years later, the first grapes were picked by hand in the same lands where they had been by the owner’s grandparents 50 years before. The year 2007 was a milestone, this when the Perafita wines emerged on the Spanish market under the Denomination of Origin Empordà. So, if anyone feels like starting a wine making business, make sure you’ve got the time!
The vineyards covers 14 hectares of native varietals, Picapoll and Garnacha, blended with foreign grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Muscat of Alexandria, in order to produce more interesting wines. As the motto is “quality over quantity”, it is quite understandable that the production is limited to 35,000 bottles a year.
Perafita comes from the 14th century farmhouse that borders the municipal areas of three villages: Cadaqués (Salvador Dali’s village), Roses (El Bulli is located at the outskirts) and Port de la Selva. In 2003 the family bought the farmhouse and restored it into a Cellar. Cadac is the name of Martin Faixo’s best wine; the name comes from a small tree that is very common in the “Cap de Creus” landscape.
The wines are characterized by a mineral soil of slate and a Mediterranean microclimate, with great temperature contrast between day and night, but also with warm summers and cold winters. Standing at 300 meters, the Tramuntana wind is an element that contributes to the good health of the vineyard and marks the character, personality and structure of the wine. It is one of three wineries within Cap de Creus National Park. In accordance with this protected environment, the winery practices an ecological agriculture with the aim of gaining the certification of ecological wine in 2014.
The Picapoll or Picapolla is an indigenous white grape variety of the D.O. Pla de Bages, but also found in Emporda. The grape cluster of Picapoll is small in size and compact. The berries are often spherical in shape, with a tender skin. It is a grape variety that ripens late. Picapoll wine is light with moderate acidity, fruity aroma and a bright yellow color.
Perafita Picapoll, 91% Picapoll and 9% Moscatell de Alexandría
Bright and clean in color. Fresh nose with good intensity of citrus (lemon) and white (pear) with small touches of stone fruit (fresh apricots). Herbaceous notes with feelings of “sotobosque” that brings a lot of freshness, floral nuances at the background. Fresh on the palate, citrus and white fruit, very good acidity, very fresh and light persistence. Long finish and aftertaste of citrus and white fruit. Only thing missing is the sunset!
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