303/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Conca de Barbera – L´Espluga de Francolí – Rendé Masdeu – Trepat del Jordiet 2012
Cherry red color, bright and with a middle layer. The nose offers subtle notes of red berries and spices. It is not to expressive, kind of closed. The palate is soft, fresh, spicy and the wine is very easy to drink and to enjoy! As a native variety of Conca de Barbera, Trepat, vinified in red, will reveal a world of original experience. Finesse, freshness and subtlety, wrapped fruit and spicy notes. Jordiet is born from organic farming. The wine is a varietal wine and it was produced in amphorae. The Romans claimed that the slow oxygenation when doing wine in amphorae, expresses the particularities without outside interference.
In the middle of the Conca de Barberà region, astride the lands of the interior and the Tarragona coast is L’Espluga de Francolí. Surrounded by a leafy natural area, this town is closely linked to wine production, as is shown by one of the architectural jewels in its historic quarter, the Modernist Wine Cellar with its Wine museum. L’Espluga, located on the Cistercian Route, is also the anteroom to the Monastery of Poblet. This Cistercian monastery, one of the largest in Spain, was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1991.
The wine vocation of the Rendé family has its roots in an ancient tradition and is now a well established business. Documented evidence, from at least 1604, shows continued dedication to viticulture and winemaking. Originally from the town Catllar the ancestors moved to L’Espluga de Francolí in the mid-nineteenth century where the viticultural tradition continued.
The grandfather, Joseph M. Ventosa Rendé, was a leader of the regeneration Catalan agriculture. From his position as the Head of the Agricultural Social Action Community of Catalonia and professor of the College of Agriculture, he spearheaded the creation of cooperative wineries, with the collaboration of architects Cèsar Martinell i Domènech i Muntaner. Today, some of their creations still stand as valuable architectural monuments.
Today we are so far away from the old wine drinking traditions, when it was merely a beverage, considered as a simple food ingredient or a routine intake, without contemplation of what actually was consumed. Over many years there has been a steady incline in wine refinement as well as the consumer knowledge and appreciation for its values of complexity, harmony and different styles. It is no longer enough to make a good wine.
True to the family motto: “Good wine comes from good vines”, direct care of their crops is paramount. Controlled and handcrafted limited production, allows for obtaining different and always a high quality wine. Rendé Masdeu sees wine culture as an artistic activity that has characterized their personality, resting on the pillars of tradition and constant research to improve and consolidate the pleasures of good taste. Because, at the end of the day (or at the beginning of the day), that’s what we all are looking for, a wine that tastes good!
The brothers Josep and Joan M. Rendé Masdéu and their family, modernized the family heritage and its vineyards. They are specialized in the production of wines of high demand, mostly red wines made with grapes varieties like: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Their wines are incorporated into the forefront of the revival of the old wine making prestige of the Conca de Barbera.
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