De la Finca 2017

De la Finca sparkling wine is made with grapes from our oldest vines, planted using the gobelet system in 1964 in the Vinya dels Fòssils.

2017 HARVEST

Vintage of contrasts, rainy to budbreak and difficult due to the drought until the end of the cycle. A harvest of very low production, but the plants have recovered energy for good vegetative development.

After a 2016 vintage with the lowest rainfall recorded in the last 50 years (283.5 mm) a promising autumn and winter came with 320.8 mm of rain. December and January were rather cold. March and April with 124 mm of rainfall helped the plant to have a good vegetative development. On 21 April we had a frost in which we lost 5% of production in the Plana and the Lake, but it did not affect the Noguer vineyard. Then came some tough months of drought until harvest. From early May to the beginning of the harvest it only rained on 4 days with a rainfall between 10 and 15 mm, followed by windy days.

Rain on August 8 provided the Xarel·los with energy for the end of maturation. The growing season was short, and we started the harvest earlier than ever before. We finished the estate harvest on August 30 with the Xarel·lo from the Noguer vineyard. It was healthy with concentrated, rounded wines with good acidity. The plant has recovered from the 2016 vintage and appears to be strong for the new campaign. During the agricultural year we have had a rainfall of 448 L/m2 (the average over 20 years is 525 L/m2) and the average temperature was 15.5 °C (annual average is 15.2 °C).

A harvest of contrasts; concentrated rounded wines with good acidity. The plant managed to recover from the drought of the 2016 vintage.

MACABEU, XAREL·LO AND PARELLADA
The plants on the Vinya dels Fòssils vineyard come from the massal selection performed by Manuel Raventós Domènech in 1888. Creator of the Penedès sparkling wine formula by combining the three native grape varieties, Macabeu, Xarel·lo and Parellada, Manuel Raventós also experimented by planting small separate plots. He took cuttings from the vines that produced the best grapes and used them to create new plantations.

60% Xarel·lo: Goblet-trained vines since 1964 and Espalier-trained vines since 2002.

30% Macabeu: Espalier-trained vines since 1994.

10% Parellada:  Goblet-trained vines planted in 1994.

HIGH SALINE EXPRESSION
Situated on the highest terraces of the River Anoia, the Vinya dels Fòssils vineyard has marine soils with a high fossil content. This characterises the structure and the soil composition of this vineyard. The carbonates are the component that provides the main source of typicity to this sparkling wine with a high saline expression. It is a sparkling wine with a unique identity and personality.

 

Biodynamic viticulture. Vineyards with spontaneous plant cover, which fosters biodiversity, fertility and life in the soil. We apply manure that comes from our animals and is composted during the winter. We adopt the gobelet short pruning system. Plant infusions are used as phytotherapy to minimise the use of copper and sulphur. The European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana) is controlled by sexual confusion. Control of berries and ripening before the harvest. Manual harvest.

Gravity-led grape reception system at the winery. At each stage, the atmosphere is controlled with dry ice. Slow, lowpressure pressing. Static settling at low temperatures. First fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature, separating varieties and soil types, blending, second fermentation in the bottle and minimum ageing of 30 months with the lees in the bottles. We do not add expedition liquor. The disgorging date is indicated on the back label.

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