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Manuel Raventós' personal selection of the best wines of the vintage.
2013 was cool and damp. Excellent vintage, with long and healthy ripening cycles, like they used to be more than 30 years ago.
A demanding vintage with great potential for ageing. A cycle which reminded us of those of 30 years ago, when we harvested the Macabeo after the Sant Sadurní Fairs and the Xarel.lo at the end of September. Wet autumn, cool and dry winter with sporadic rainfall. Spring started out cool and damp, with rains in March and May. The end of spring was cool and dry, followed by a meteorologically short summer, that produced a slow vegetative development. The harvest started on 19 August. There were no heat waves during the months of August and September – the summer temperatures were moderate which contributed to a slow and good maturity of the different varieties of grape.
During the agricultural year we had a high precipitation rate of 605 L/m2 (average rainfall of the past 20 years is 548 L/m2) and an average temperature of 14.7 °C, without extreme temperatures (average temperature of the last twenty years is 15.1 ºC).
Extraordinary vintage with structured wines with extreme acidity and excellent ripening. Perhaps the best vintage of the last 30 years on the Raventós i Blanc estate.
Manuel Raventós Negra, descendent de Josep Maria Raventós i Blanc is the personal selection Manuel Raventós makes of the best wines of the vintage. It is his personal coupage. A signature sparkling wine. For lovers of fresh wines with acidity, structure and volume, tense on the palate, with fine bubbles and aromas of toast and butter. A golden colour.
A sparkling wine that, due to its exceptional character, is only bottled in the most exceptional vintages.
Blend: 60% Sumoll, 40% Xarel·lo
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.
The six years of ageing in stacks give it a bright gold colour and a marvellous structure on the palate, as well as an enveloping silky texture with a long, bitter finish typical of wines from the Conca del Riu Anoia.
The wines that Manuel Raventós selected for this vintage was Sumoll and Xarel·lo from diferents parcels; the varieties that allows the long ageing of our sparkling wines, due to its good agricultural performance and its aromatic and taste potential.