Winemaker Maria Barrena makes this
80% Xarel-lo, 20% Chardonnay Cava in
L’Arboç, Penedes, Spain.
Birds appear on all their labels: For them, they are a sign of life in the vineyards, a sign of a balanced ecosystem and a reward for farming honestly. ‘Funambul’ means tightrope walker. The meaning for them is two-fold: birds are the ‘tightrope walkers’ of the vineyards, always hanging on the wires etc. Also, they liken winemaking to tightrope walking, forever trying to find a natural balance in nature, in the wines, in life!
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 ‘Foex’ natural park.
For the Gran Funambul they only use the best, healthiest and oldest vines in a strict selection. The vines average age is 60yrs grown at 450m altitude. The soil is limestone/ white calcareous, low PH, clay in upper layer, deep soils.
This cava was made according to the traditional method. The first fermentation lasts around 20 days in steel tanks (wild yeasts, unfined and unfiltered) and all of the varieties are fermented separately (blended in Jan/ Feb). The wine is then given a long second fermentation in the bottle using organic and neutral yeasts. It then rests in silence and at stable temperatures in racks and on its lees for four years prior to disgorgement and final bottling.
Minimal sulphite addition, zero dosage.
Organic, vegan/veggie, low sulphur, zero dosage.