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Analec La Romiguera 2009, 50% Tempranillo, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah
Red wine from the cluster of Romiguera, a centenary vineyard situated at an altitude of 550m in the Vall del Corb, an area (valley) with very calcareous and clayey soils and some rocky parts. It is fermented at 26-28ºC. In contact with the skins between 15 and 20 days and spends around 12 months on French and American oak. It has a light, transparent, cherry-red color. Fresh aroma of red fruits, not too sweet and not transmitting hot climate. Slightly mineral in the mouth, floral notes and cocoa. On the palate it is fleshy with a very balanced acidity.
Not many year ago, the small family run cellar of Analec was created in the town of Nalec, D.O. Costers del Segre. The vineyards are located in the Vall del Corb and the name Analec itself was chosen due to the fact that it was the ancient name of the town during the middle ages. They have around 22 hectares of vineyards but only a small part of the harvest is used to produce their own labels, as most is sold to other wineries.
The enologist and co-owner is Xavier Figuerola Mulet, a guy that knows full well that the chemical and physical properties of the land influences, in a determinant way, the quality and characteristics of the wine and that’s the reason why their winery takes great care in respecting and preserving the environment. They believe in the potential of their territory, the Vall del Corb, and work to promote the culture of wine, stemming from this sub-zone of the Costers del Segre.
The grape varieties of their vineyards are: Macabeu and Parellada for the three Cavas produced. No Xarel.lo is being used, as would be common in Cava production in most parts of Catalonia. The Macabeu is also being utilised for the production of their still and sweet white wines. The Trepat is used 100% for their rose Cava. Syrah, Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon for the rose still and for the reds.
The climate is Continetal Mediterranean, with a rain ratio lightly above 400 mm, with very cold winters and hot and dry summers, but tinted by the daily presence of the breeze from the southeast (The Marinada) that smoothens the temperature and increases the levels of dampness. This fact, together with the altitude, provides a long and slow period during which the grapes have plenty of time to ripen. All of this helps to support the bouquet in the wines and to provide the base for the quality of their wines. They have old and young vineyards, which are placed in Nalec, Rocafort de Vallbona and Verdú, with altitudes that start at 450 meters, the Valley of the riu Corb, and up to 550 meters, which is the Romiguera.
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