205/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Emporda – Sant Climent Sescebes – Celler Marti Fabra – Verd Albera 2009
The Way To Play……..,
Verd Albera 2009, 60% Garnacha Blanca, 30% Muscat, 5% Grenache Gris, 5% Chardonnay
Intense straw yellow colour with greenish reflections. Clean and bright. A very interesting style with lots of spicy citrus fruit and a smoky minerality. Whilst still crisp and dry, there is a richness from the lees ageing and the Muscat does in no way take over the composition, a very fine tuned wine, just like Bill Evans, this is the way to play!This white wine made by Marti Fabra surprises by its freshness and by its sweet character at the same time. It has a wide, voluminous and unctuous mid palate. Its intense notes of fruit and its creamy aromas are released along with a touch of herbs, which together with this wine’s great acidity, result in a very balanced and very fresh palate, slight hint of white pepper. Its long elegant finish leaves mineral sensations.. Good with salads and smoked fish, also meatier fish such as monkfish. Would also go well with light pork dishes
Verd Albera is made with a highly unusual blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Muscat de Frontignan and Muscat de Alexandria, with a touch of Chardonnay. The grapes undergo maceration for several hours, before gentle pressing. The must is then decanted to remove impurities. Fermentation takes place on the lees so as not to lose varietal character and aromas. The wine is then filtered in a way that leaves the fine lees, which are then used in the ageing process. The vineyards from which it is made are located in poor slate soils surrounded by abundant vegetation. Its careful elaboration follows the principles of organic farming.
This property has been in the family since the 12th century and they have documents relating to vineyards from 1305. Emporda has many similarities both in grape varities, climate and terroir to Roussillon just over the French border. They also share the uncompromising tramontane wind which drys the land and vines meaning little need for treatments. The poor soils consist mainly of meteorized slate which adds a clear mineral edge to the wines and keep yields naturally low. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the Alberes mountains, amongst a variety of wild aromatic plant species such as bay, fennel, thyme, lavender, mint and rosemary, which are responsible for the floral, spicy and mineral aromas found in the wines. The wines are beautifully made and quite unique.
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