55/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Alella – Bienni – Serralada de Marina – Castell Ruf
“Land of Light, Open Character” Curious things are going on in Catalonia! Strange people, strange wine makers and strange wines. Never have their been so many crazy geniuses gathered in one place, this is a good thing, mind you! The other day you were introduced to apple juice and Garnacha! Today we are heading to the winery of oranges and Pansa Blanca! Hope you enjoy reading as much I enjoy drinking wine!
Serralada Marina is a winery located in Martorelles , Barcelona , dedicated to making wine under the corporation Serralada Corps. When in 1999 Joan Plans decided to reostart the winery, he did so under the curious name Altrabanda (“more over” or “the other side”) refering to their location. The vineyards are located across the mountains that separate them from the Catalan town of Alella .
Plans always had vineyards growing up and after a 20 year hiatus modernized the winery and waited for the right circumstances to start making wine again. The products are sold under the brand Serralada Marina and sold in restaurants in the area and abroad. The Alella , to which ALtrabanda belongs, is the smallest D.O. of the Peninsula, with 560 hectares of planted vineyards, located north of Barcelona.
Altrabanda is the only winery in the D.O. of Alella that produces all its white wines with the local variety of the territory, Pansa Blanca . The winery has products such as an orange wine, vinegar and vermouth, named Castellruf , all of them are 100 % Pansa Blanca.
Joan Plans, owner of the winery, says: “If the local variety is the Pansa Blanca it is because over the years it has proven to be the variety best adapted to the climate and the characteristics of the territory.”
Castell Ruf, Vi de Taronja, Pansa Blanca & Sweet Orange
Light orange color with hints of gold. Aromas of sweet orange. The nose is of good intensity, fruity notes of orange, subtle peach, white flowers and aromatic herbs at the end. The palate has good entry, smooth, fruity, medium acidity, structured and slightly sweet on the palate with a good finish and medium long aftertaste. This is a sweet dry wine, if there is such a thing?