Textures de Pedra

2015

This is the combination of three local black grape varieties: Xarel·lo vermell, Bastard Negre and Sumoll. Textures de Pedra is a vin gris concentrated on the palate and with a great potential for ageing.
Textures de Pedra
7.900 bottles

Stony soils


Maximum expression of the Mediterranean varieties, the Penedès climate and a stony soil, and the result of long ageing on the lees.

Textures de Pedra is named after its vineyard of origin, the Vinya Més Alta, situated at the top of the Turó del Serral, the highest point on our estate, where the soils are stony. The geology of these plots means that the vines' roots have to reach down to deeper layers in order to find water (the soil is fresher), and this produces grapes that favour the creation of more concentrated wines, with more structure.

Bastard negre


Bastard negre is a native variety recently discovered on our estate. Up to summer 2015, it was identified as Monestrell. However, when we carried out DNA tests, it was confirmed that this was a far rarer local grape variety that was no longer used: Bastard negre. This variety tastes rustic and has high acidity levels, and is well adapted to our area. It gives Textures de Pedra strength and potency, as well as density and texture on the palate, reinforcing the golden note and giving it volume and tension.

2015 harvest


A vintage marked by some extreme contrasts due to our Mediterranean climate. Autumn was hot and very humid (308 L/m2). The winter was cold with a heavy snowfall on 4 February that left up to 10 cm of snow in some places on the estate. Spring started out cold, with frost on the night of 9 April that burned 5% of the shoots of Xarel.lo from the Vinya dels Fossils, which has a northerly orientation. The first heat wave came in May and was repeated at the end of June, for nearly a month, one of the longest heat waves in the past 20 years. All this, with a rainfall of 62 L/m2 from January to July, caused extreme conditions for vegetative development: the varieties that adapted best to these contrasts are the Xarel.lo, Sumoll and Monastrell.

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Textures de Pedra
2015


Bastard negreHarvested after 28 of August. Goblet-trained vines planted in 1974.
Xarel·lo vermellHarvested after 31 of August. Espalier-trained vines in 2002.
SumollHarvested after 25 of August. Goblet-trained vines planted in 1957.

Bastard negre

It is the red variety that historically predominates on the estate. It should not be confused with the Bastardo Atlàntic. The Bastard no doubt comes from the Bastardo Nero planted in Sardinia, and which spread across the Iberian Peninsula as far as La Rioja where it is known as Graciano.
Our Bastard Negre vines were planted in 1974, and the plant material is a massal selection of the estate. It is a variety that keeps the acidity well, has a low pH, and is extremely good for producing long-aged sparkling wines if it is vinified like a vin gris.

Xarel·lo vermell

A sister of the Xarel·lo variety, and one that has almost disappeared, it has a pink skin, is rustic in agriculture and ripens slowly. It maintains its acidity well and allows us to produce fresh, full-bodied, structured wines as a basis for long-aged sparkling wines.

Sumoll

Red native variety that almost disappeared and which we are recovering. The agricultural work is complicated. Moderately vigorous and producing a high yield, it adapts perfectly to our Mediterranean climate. Its wines generally have a low intensity of colour and are fresh and rustic. Vinified like a vin gris, they produce wines with a good structure, elegant, with a low pH and an acidity that is magnificent for long-aged sparkling wines.

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