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.
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).
Macabeo (80%), Parellada (12%) and White grenache (8%)
Organic farming. Manual harvest in crates of 10-12 kg.
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.
2023 vintage: 47,435 bottles
Blanc de Serè 2023
Characteristics of the vintage
The 2023 vintage was, like 2022, also very complicated on an agronomic level, especially due to the low rainfall and extreme conditions with numerous days with maximum temperatures above 35ºC. All these elements caused limited plant development and a considerable reduction in production (between 30 and 80% lower than the average in our dryland viticulture conditions). These extreme conditions of heat and drought forced us to advance the harvest to maintain the balance and quality of the grapes. We started very early, on August 18 and finished it on October 4. At least the conditions of drought and low humidity allowed us to harvest the grapes in ideal sanitary conditions and without any fungal infections.
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.
Alcohol content: 12%
Total acidity: 3.19 g/l (sulphuric acid)
Volatile acidity: 0.28 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.2 g/l (glucose+fructose)
Total sulphites: 59 mg/l
Straw yellow colour with green hues, limpid and bright. Citrus notes and white fruit (pear) stand out on the nose, with floral (white flower) and tropical notes. In the mouth it has a fresh entry and citrus and floral memories return, with a good acidity that gives it persistence. Blanc de Serè is a perfect accompaniment to starters and salads and also to dishis based on flue fish or shellfish.
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)
Silver medal (2016 vintage)