Cork and Clever Rookie Winebox
Leonie and I have a common vision when it comes to wine. With its new unsprayed wine platform (link as soon as the website is live), wines are brought to the attention in one place that have something to add to your taste, your lifestyle and the soil!
Everything comes together in this Rookie Winebox! Including the latest e-book 'Wine in Abundance, your unsprayed wine guide' with explanation!
The three wines in this box:
Cells Bellaserra Benplantat Blanc 2020
This organic white wine made in the heart of Catalonia is a blend of Garnatxa Blanca and Muscat. Together with a few months of aging on the yeast, this gives a wonderfully fruity nose without being sweet. Aromas of stone fruit, pear and a hint of pineapple and a silky mouthfeel with an acidity that perfectly balances the whole.
Celler Bellaserra is the little daughter of Oller del Mas, one of the 10 most sustainable wineries in the world! And they take this philosophy with them to Bellaserra. Their goal: to make sustainable, unsprayed wines that are accessible to everyone.
Finca Mas Perdut Endogen Samsó 2018
Made from Samsó, the Catalan name for Carigan. One of the indigenous grape varieties that has certainly found its place at Finca Mas Perdut. Canes over 60 years old ensure a low yield of high quality. Fermented in stainless steel to further develop partly on acacia wood (75%), amphora (20%) and demi-john (5%). Light and elegant, with a nose of ripe red fruit, blueberries and Mediterranean herbs. Once you take a sip you'll want another, the silky, energetic mouthfeel is addictive!
Not certified organic, but they go even further than that. An integrated way of farming, with various types of crops between the vineyards and the village is not called Santa Oliva for nothing: the olive trees are everywhere! All wines are wild fermented and minimally filtered and sulphite is added.
Esteve I Gibert Forastera 2017
Not your typical Merlot! Made with partly destemmed and partly whole bunches, the wine gives a fine spiciness and freshness. This wine is aged in toasted French oak barrels for 8 months. Albert only works with wild yeasts and adds a pinch of sulphite as the wine goes into the bottle. A nose of forest fruits, strawberry, vanilla and an earthy smokiness. Full, elegant tannins that transport you to the living Catalan soil.
Esteve I Gibert sold all his grapes to the Cava houses up to 15 years ago, but has since grown into one of the better natural wine producers in Catalonia. Most of the vines are over 60 years old and the new plantings are mainly of local grape varieties such as Sumoll and Malvasia de Sitges. Small production, high quality!