White wine
2020
DO Costers del Segre
Macabeo, Parellada, White grenache, Xarel·lo, Chardonnay
Blanc de Serè
Clear

Blanc de Serè

The Serè is the north-westerly wind that often blows in winter at Vallbona de les Monges and the whole of the inland area. Blanc de Serè is a white wine that is cool and dry, like the wind. This was the wine chosen when L’Olivera decided to move from vine growing into winemaking and embarked on this new endeavour in 1989, closing the circle and transferring to the bottle the full expression of the Corb River Valley countryside and the excitement of starting a new project.

Youth and complexity go hand-in-hand in a wine that we want to be fresh and agile but at the same time full of nuances and expressions. A wine that gives shape to our early intuition that the land we worked and lived on had the potential to produce great wine.
Blanc de Serè features historical varieties like Macabeo, Parellada and White grenache, produced in stainless steel vats with a view to once again boost their maximum expression. Varieties appearing in this area as a clear reflection of the inland Mediterranean countryside that, because of the height at which they grow and the effect of the sea breeze, enables the grapes to ripen slowly, resulting in a very appealing balance between alcohol content and acidity.

Terroir

ORIGIN: Vineyards from different municipalities in the Corb River Valley subzone of the Costers del Segre DO. Plots characterised by the drystone walls that surround the vineyards, preserving the fertility of the soil and the efficiency of the water.
SOIL: Chalky clay soil with variable levels of stoniness and depth.
CLIMATE: The climate is continental Mediterranean, with cold dry winters and hot summers tempered by the soft evening breeze blowing in from the sea that cools the night, particularly during the ripening season. The scarce rainfall is concentrated in autumn and spring (350-450 mm yearly).

Varieties

Macabeo (62%), Parellada (30%), White grenache (6%), Xarel·lo (6%), Chardonnay (4%)

Vine growing

Organic farming. Manual harvest in crates of 10-12 kg.

Wine processing

Fermented under controlled temperature in stainless steel vats and stirred regularly on the lees. The wine is blended in a process of seeking the young wine we have been making for over 30 years now. It is gradually bottled in small batches on demand.

Production

2020 vintage: 31,476 bottles

Blanc de Serè 2020

Characteristics of the vintage

The 2020 vintage will be remembered for two reasons: the Covid19 pandemic and an exceptionally high rainfall (30-40% above average) during spring and summer, which brings us high plant growth and higher pressure of fungal diseases (mildew) that affected negatively the grape production. A hot summer and good climatic conditions during the harvest result in medium-high ripening and high fruit quality.

Viticulture and wine processing

Certified organic dry land farming. We harvest the grapes manually with the stems. Each variety is fermented separately in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature between 15ºC and 17ºC. Once blended, the wine is bottled in small batches progressively from December/January to May.

Analysis

Alcohol content: 12%
Total acidity: 3.12 g/l (sulphuric acid)
Volatile acidity: 0.34 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.3 g/l (glucose+fructose)
Total sulphites: 61 mg/l
pH: 3.30

Tasting notes

Straw yellow colour with green hues. The nose is intense and complex, with notes of white fruit (pear) and aniseed touches of fennel. Citrus notes of orange and floral, rose petal also stand out. In the mouth it has a fresh and delicious entry, with a good volume and a good acidity that gives it an intense and persistent aftertaste. Blanc de Serè is a perfect accompaniment to blue fish and also to dishes based on raw fish, such as sushi, or marinated, suhc as cebiche.

Awards

Peñín Guide:
2020: 86 points (2018 vintage)

Guia de Vins de Catalunya:
2020: 9,07 points (2018 vintage)
2019: 9,6 points (2017 vintage)
2018: 9,3 points (2016 vintage)


International Wine Awards 2019:

Silver medal (2018 vintage)

Golden Leaf Awards 2017:
Silver medal (2016 vintage)

Catavinum 2017:
Silver medal (2016 vintage)