Distinctive stone fruits and floral hints make for a delightfully fresh tipple
In a little village nestled in the dramatic rugged hills of the Catalan countryside is Celler de Capçanes. It was into this wild landscape that Jürgen Wagner walked, in the mid-1990s and never left. Entranced by what he found and the potential at the co-operative, he had no option but to stay. Over the last 25 years he has breathed energy into this venerable operation, instilling pride in the natural wealth that is their vineyards.
The potential of the diverse terroirs in these vineyards is captured and expressed so clearly in the delicious Garnachas and blends that Anna Rovira, the winemaker, and Jürgen together conjure up. As an example of how excitement, focus and dynamism can be bred into a co-operative born in the early 20th Century, Capçanes shines.
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.
Tasting Note: 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.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.2/20 (average producer score)
Grenache Blanc 55% Macabeu 45%