La Vinyeta Heus* Blanco 2017
La Vinyeta is a collection of small vineyards and olive trees in the heart of Alt Empordà, in the village of Mollet de Peralada. A young, family-owned business it began some 15 years ago when Josep Serra purchased two old Carignan and Grenache vineyards – aged 55 and 80 years old – and kept on planting. The winery now stands at a reasonable 60 hectares. It was a few years later in 2006 that the winery was built, and the first vintages were made from over 10 varieties. In 2009 La Vinyeta became one of the first vineyards to adopt Integrated farming in the region which it has continued to develop and evolve over time.
DO Empordà, is located at the very North-East corner of Catalunya and has around 2000 ha. of vine. It is a non-continuous territory split between Alt-Emporda (which runs up to the foot of the Pyrenees and has slatey, granitic soil) and Baix-Emporda (with sandy-alluvial soils). However, perhaps the biggest influence on the vines in which Carignan (Samsó), black and white Grenache and Cabernet dominate, is the powerful, cold Tramuntana wind from the north. Reaching speeds of 120 kmph it is integral in keeping the vines fresh, reducing Mildew and making organic farming just that little bit easier.
La Vinyeta Heus* Blanco is organically farmed, having recently converted to certified. The wine itself has a real pear-drop nose. Rich citrus, and white fruit, fresh, ripe and bright. A touch floral. Medium bodied, pear, confit lemon, white spice. Long and juicy, lots of acidity. Xarel-lo limey end.