De Nit

2017

“Looking for colour, I found Monestrell from the western part of the Serral hill, which provides complexity without losing freshness” Pepe Raventós

De Nit

Monestrell plot


The vines of the Barbera, Plana and Viader plots have deep soil with a clay loam texture, which provides us with freshness and elegance. The Monestrell plot, situated on the terraces on Serral hill, marks the De Nit sparkling wine with its personality.

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2017 harvest


Extreme vintage with great concentration and balance.The cycle began with very little rainfall in autumn. From October to March there was 115L/m2 whilst the average for recent years has been 276L/m2. Autumn and winter saw mild temperatures. The budding of the Xarel·los began on 22nd March and despite the little rainfall the vines budded well with a high number of grapes. The cycle continued to be extremely dry, with only 126L/m2 of rain until the beginning of harvest (the average for the last 20 years has been 182L/m2). The vines’ autoregulation caused complications during the # owering phase of the vine producing smaller grapes and therefore a large drop in production whilst maintaining an adequate balance in the grapes. From then until the harvest the temperatures were 0.4ºC cooler than average (19.7ºC compared to the 20.1ºC average for the last 20 years). 38L/m2 of rain on the 22 June changed the appear- ance of the vineyards and improved the ripeness of the grapes. Harvest began during a heatwave with no rain until the 13th September when we had a refreshing 13L/m2 after 90% of the grapes had already been picked. The grape varieties that best adapted to the drought were the ones that produce larger grapes, such as Xarel·lo and Sumoll.

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De Nit
2017


Xarel·loHarvested after the 21th of August. Goblet and Espalier-trained vines between 1974 and 1990.
MacabeuHarvested after the 10nd of August. Goblet and Espalier-trained vines between 1982 and 2000.
ParelladaHarvested after the 28th of August. Goblet-trained vines in 1969 and 1989.
MonastrellHarvested the 18th of August. Goblet-trained vines in 1974.

Xarel·lo

Native variety that is planted on 50% of the entire estate. It is the first to bud, has the longest cycle of all our varieties, and at the harvest has the best sugar-acidity-intensity balance. It is our seal of identity, the variety that allows the long ageing of our sparkling wines, due to its good agricultural performance and its aromatic and taste potential.

Macabeu

Delicate, very versatile variety that needs extremely precise winegrowing in order to achieve the best expression. With a short cycle, it is the first variety to be harvested on the estate. Depending on its location on the estate, this same variety can produce two totally different expressions due to the orientation, the soil and the plant material.

Parellada

Moderately vigorous, rustic but at the same time sensitive to rain during the ripening period. The white harvest always ends with this variety. Native variety well-adapted to the high parts of the Penedès. The Parellada on our estate gives a touch of delicacy to our sparkling wines.

Monastrell

Mediterranean red, late-budding variety, which is sensitive to fungal diseases. Since 2006, we have used it in the De Nit coupage, to which it adds an aromatic complexity, silkiness and structure in the mouth, as well as an elegant touch of colour.

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