A fresh and exciting sparkling wine from Catalonia. Made with the ancestral (Pet Nat) method, this blend of Xarel-lo and Muscat is just aromatic enough, just textured enough, and is the perfect tipple for a sunny day. It is undisgorged and unfiltered so you should give it a gentle upside shake before opening to dissolve all the goodness, much like a cloudy apple juice.
L’Arboc, Penedes, Spain
Organic, vegan, not added sulphur, unfiltered, unfined
Made by Maria & Pep, a couple who started from scratch in 2012 after taking over some old vineyards, and have slowly built this project into the successful and experimental winery it is today.
The grapes come primarily from a old vineyard called ‘La Baixada de les Bruixes’ (forest parcel, meaning ‘The Witch’s Path’) in the heart of the Baix Penedés region where the soils are generally very poor, leading to low yields but a great concentration in the grapes. These old bush vines are surrounded by a rich biodiversity, encouraging a natural balance in the vineyard that finds its way into the wines. Part of the parcel is also in the ‘Foix’ natural park.
The xarel-lo was fermented in steel tanks, whilst the Muscat was fermented in clay amphoras. As per traditional ‘ancestral’ or ‘Pet Nat’ method, the wines were assembled and bottled before the end of fermentation and finished fermenting in bottle, giving the wine its bubbles. Unfined, unfiltered, undisgorged, and no added sulphites.