190/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Alella – Lugar la Sentiu/Tiana – Quim Batlle – Foranell Garnatxa Blanca 2008
Foranell Garnatxa Blanca 2008
Green flashes in the pale straw yellow, typical for the wines from the region. The nose provides primary aromas of citrus (mandarin and grapefruit, etc.), with very pronounced ripe fruit (peach and banana). Light ageing in French oak brings hints of vanilla and cocoa, while the terroir gives flavors of spices and minerales. The mouth has an excellent structure, wide step and a very persistent after-taste. Pairing with original, sensational dishes that contrast the flavours of the wine, like prawn carpaccio with pistachio oil or cod with garlic mousseline.
The grape variety of White Grenache or Garnatxa Blanca is known under several names. You might have heard of Garnatxa Blanca as Garnacha Blanca, the x in the first is the Catalan spelling. The other known names are Garnacha Gris, Garnacho Blanco, Grenache Blanc, Lledoné, Silla Blanc, Sillina Blanc…., this is the variety that forms the Foranell White Grenache.
The White Grenache is a Spanish white grape variety and it is found widespread throughout Spain, being particularly abundant in Tarragona, Zaragoza and Teruel. This is a variety cultivated in D.O. Alella, Carignan, Cigales, L’Emporda-Costa Brava, Navarra, Priorat, Rioja, Somontano, Tarragona and Terra Alta primarily, but we can also find it in Aragon, if we wander outside Catalonia. According to the Order APA/1819/2007, the white grenache is recommended in the regions of Aragon and Catalonia, in the latter being known as Garnatxa Blanca and Lladoner Blanco of the vitis vinifera variety; it is also authorized in Navarre, Basque Country and La Rioja.
As a plant, it is quite productive and disease resistant, producing not very large but compact clusters. The berries are medium-sized, round, yellow-green in colour. The grape variety Garnatxa Blanca, is in certain areas vinified on its own or blended with Macabeo, Parellada to produce Cava and Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel to prepare Mistelas. In the case of producing varietal wines they usually give of a nice level of alcohol, fresh, full-bodied and elegant wines, with a pale yellow color, on the nose it is quite floral and shows loads of ripe fruit aromas and flavours.
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