Joan Rubio ANCESTRAL XAREL·LO Pet Nat
Tagline: Hot sun after a cool dip.
Region: Alt Penedès
Winery: Cal Tiques aka Joan Rubio
Fermentation: Spontaneous and ancestral.
Joan Rubio, formerly the land steward and winemaker of famed cava house Recaredo, has become one of the leaders of biodynamic viticulture in Spain. After converting Recaredo’s 50ha Domaine over to bio-dynamic practices, Joan set off on his own, back to his roots, to pursue making wine from his family’s vines. Joan’s wines are captivating and some of the most elegant wine from Catalunya; pulsating and precise. All the wines are macerated and obtained from free run juice, without pressing, and slowly and attentively vinified using a variety of vessels, stainless steel, 4–5-year-old oak, demi-muds, and tinajas (amphora) of both white and red clay.
Tasting Notes: Dry lemon, orchard fruit, charcoal, chalk, secret garden herbs, wildflower, honey, marzipan, April showers, gravel driveway.
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