QDO Empordà wine is the natural son of the North wind crashing the Mediterranean Sea. It has grown surrounded by earth and clay pebbles. This wine has a very similar blend in percentage as Priorat has. That is why, if you have the opportunity to taste two wines, you will see the importance of the “terroir” that brings each of them.
The QDO is divided into two areas in the province of Girona: Lower Empordà and Alt Emporda. The winery “Celler de Mas Llunes” de Garriguella belongs to the latter region and it is our producer. The most distinctive grapes here are, for red wines: Grenache, Samson, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. For white wines there are Macabeu white Grenache and Chardonnay. The DO Empordà has 360 growers and 49 wineries, with an annual production of about 5.4 million liters of wine and 20% of those who were destined for international markets.
The grapes come from flat land near the village of Garriguella. Some vines are planted in clay floors and other in substrates with a considerable altitude above sea level. Tramontana wind plays an important role in this region together with the mild climate given by the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea as well.
The different varieties are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks cooled at a temperature of 20 ° C. They make two daily of pumping over, after 20-25 days at the start of fermentation, depending on variety. The malolactic fermentation is done in the same tank. Clarification and filtration were taken into a minimal treatment and aging was 3 months in French oak barrels.
Fresh, well balanced, with notes of ripe fruit (cherry, cranberry …), well integrated toasted wood, sweet spices like cinnamon and cloves, persistent in its passage through the throat. The nose is fresh, expressive, intense, with spicy scents of wild herbs and fruity. It carries a delightful Cherry color with violet trim.
White meat and red meat, sausages, cheeses, salads. Perfect dancer with fresh fruit, or even fish stew or zarzuela, especially for those who sometimes prefer white wines. Perfect complement for duck or lamb.
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