Celler de Capçanes, Sense Cap Blanc, DO Catalunya, Spain, 2022
Nestled in the rugged hills of the Catalan countryside, in the tiny village bearing its name, is the well-respected Celler de Capçanes.
It was this wild Montsant landscape which first captivated Jürgen Wagner back in the early 90s, but it was the huge potential he recognised in this unique village co-operative that determined what followed. Pouring all his efforts into working with the growers to nurture the best from their vineyards and the most honest expressions of their terroir, Celler de Capçanes has established itself as one of the most engaging and outward looking wineries in the area. A combination of diverse vineyard plots and old vine Garnacha is captured and eloquently expressed in all their wines. Winemaker, Anna Rovira together with Jürgen, conjure up complex and characterful wines that show how, with a shared vision, focus on quality and hard work, great wines and an enviable reputation are not the exclusive birth right of prestigious single estates.
The Garnacha Blanca comes from 10-25 year old vines whilst the Macabeu from 20-40 years old, selected from different parts of the valley. Soil in the lower vineyards is alluvial while the higher vineyards and all terraces and slopes are on poor, mineral, stony soil based with some granite and slate. The vineyards are at an altitude of between 150-450m and grown as traditional bush vines. Harvested in early September.
Temperature controlled fermentation (16-18ºC), both varieties are vinified together in stainless steel tanks without undergoing malo-lactic fermentation. Cold stabilised, light filtration and a soft fining before bottling.
No oak ageing
Attractive yellow golden-green colour. Seductive fruit flavours of peach, pear, mango, and banana. Hints of flowers and herbs: creamy and soft with crispy freshness in the mouth. Medium-bodied, lovely fruit and floral finish.
Great for sipping on its own on a warm evening, but divine with bold salads.
Grenache Blanc 55%
6 x 75cl