Vins del Tros
Cent x Cent - 2018
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Cent x Cent is an organic/biodynamic white wine from the Terra Alta D.O. in Catalunya, province of Tarragona.
Made up of 100% Garnacha Blanca (White Garnacha), from two vineyards; La Bassa at 440 meters above sea level, and La Novena at 480 meters, both over 60 years old on argilo-calcareous soils.
Crisp, bright and refreshing with peachy, citrus and quince notes, nice acidity and an elegant and balanced palate.
Cent x Cent, that literally translates to 100%, follows a somehow peculiar elaboration. Once destemmed the whole grapes are fermented in small stainless steel vats. Then, the just fermented must is extracted by gravity without pressing (this method is called "sangrado"), and poured on to 1000-litre clay amphoras, where it ages in contact with its lees for five months.
The wine was bottled on the 29th of April, 2019, on waning moon.
Annual Production: 5,000 bottles (The club has access to 300 annually)
Type: Blanco (white)
Finish: Long with persistent flavours
Grape Variety: 100% Garnacha Blanca
Viticulture / Farming: Organic with biodynamic orientation - Terroir Driven
ABV %: 13.5
Ageing: 5 months in 1,000-litre clay amphora with its lees, then in the bottle since April 29th, 2019
Winemakers: Josep Arrufat & Joan Ramón Bada
Bodega: Vins del Tros
Region: Catalunya, Tarragona
Designation of Origin (DO): Terra Alta
Micro-Climate: A mix of Mediterranean & Continental (dry hot summers & cold winters)
Elevation: 440-480 meters above sea level (Vineyards La Cirera & La Novena)
Age of Vines: Over 70 years old
Soil: Limestone & clay (argilo-calcareous and stoney)
- Drink now or keep for up to 2 more years
- No decanting necessary
- Pairs with Tapas, Manchego cheese, Ibérico ham, Paté or any Spreads, Poultry, Pasta or Pizza, Fish dishes, Typical Spanish dishes, all Mediterranean and Asian rice-based dishes spiced but not too hot.
- Ideal at 15/16 Celsius
The Ancient Romans are thought to have introduced viticulture to the area, a Roman road connecting Zaragoza to Tortosa passed through the region. Ay de Mi’s grapes come from three plots; La Bassa, Valletta and La Novena, located near the town of Villalba dels Arcs all within a 3km radius of each other. The vines are aged between 18 and 50 years, grown on sandy-clay soils. El Cierzo, a dry wind which originates in the Ebro River Valley just to the West, plays a vital role in moderating temperatures during the growing season. The vineyards are located in the valleys around the town of Villalba dels Arcs at elevations between 300-500 meters above sea level.
The organically grown grapes are harvested by hand and transported in crates of 15 kilos to the cellar in order to ensure fermentation does not start prematurely. Cent x Cent bunches are destemmed, the grapes from each vineyard start their fermentation separately in small stainless steel vats, then the recently fermented must with its fine lees is extracted by gravity from each vat, without pressing, and immediately poured into 1000-litre large clay amphorae where the wine finishes its fermentation and matures for five months.
The wine was bottled on April 29th, 2019, and since then further maturing in the bottle.
The Vins del Tros project was initiated in 2009 by Josep Arrufat, vintner, and Joan Ramón Bada, oenologist and winemaker.
Josep and Joan Ramón are friends since their childhood. They were born in Villalba dels Arcs, a beautiful, small municipality (established in the year 1224 by the Templars of Miravet) with a medieval aspect, located just south-west of the Ebro river, close to its mouths into the Mediterranean sea.
The vision of these two passionate about the vineyards and the wine from their land was to produce wines that represent the distinctive characteristics from the Terra Alta region, and therefore from each specific plot of land. This is why they named their project "Vins del Tros" (Wines from the plot, in English).
They are achieving their goal by naturally extracting the potential from a variety of small local plots, vineyards (between 20 and 90 years old) of Garnacha Blanca, Garnacha Tinta - the two main local grape varieties - as well as old Carinyena plots (locally called Samsó), and the indigenous grape called Morenillo.
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