Certified organic, winemaker Maria Barrena, one of the partners at Azul y Garanza in Navarra, makes this Entre Vinyes Oniric Blanc 2019, premium vegan wine, bottled with a small sulphite addition. Unfined, unfiltered. Intense floral aromas and white fruit (apple and pear) with a background of green almond. This bitter quality is characteristic of the variety Xarel-lo. Voluminous in the mouth with a sweetish entry and white flowers. Good acidity and a persistent lingering finish.
‘Oniric’ is a word in Catalan to describe a ‘dreamer.’ They liked this idea as this project really stemmed from a dream to take over and rescue these stunning old parcels and old vines that had belonged to their family. As for the symbolism of the birds, which appear on all their labels: first, birds in the vineyards are a sign of life, a sign of a balanced ecosystem and a reward for farming honestly and correctly. As they finally now have their own space where they make the wines, they liken the grapes now having their own winery/ home just as birds have their nests.
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The grapes come primarily from an 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 wines are surrounded by rich biodiversity, encouraging a natural balance in the vineyard that finds its way into the natural wines. Part of the parcel is also in the ‘Foex’ natural park. The grapes were pressed and then fermentation occurs in steel tanks. Fermentation lasts around 20 days, after which the wine stays on its fine lees for 6 months. In this time it is left to undergo a partial malolactic fermentation, nothing is blocked.