Red wine
2020
DO Catalunya
Grenache, Syrah
Vinyes de Barcelona
20.40€
Clear

Vinyes de Barcelona

Vinyes de Barcelona is the only wine produced in the city of Barcelona. It is created at the Can Calopa de Dalt estate on the northern side of the Collserola mountain range. That is where we grow the grapes and make the wine in a small, refurbished winery, a project started by the Barcelona City Council in 2001 and managed by L’Olivera since 2010 with a commitment to social farming that combines quality produce with social inclusion and respect for the environment.

This wine is the result of a collective commitment to periurban agriculture, taking a contemporary approach to restoring agricultural activity linked to major cities. Honest and straightforward, Vinyes de Barcelona is faithful to this farming and human landscape. Made from the Grenache and Syrah varieties, it has the agility and acidity of a young wine but the complexity that comes from a year’s ageing in oak barrels.

Terroir

ORIGIN: Vineyards from the Can Calopa estate on the northeast side of the Collserola mountain range and within the Barcelona municipal area, 300 metres above sea level. A landscape of agricultural mosaics amidst forest areas comprising pines, holm oaks and Mediterranean shrub species. The estate combines terraces with small flat plots.
SOIL: Loamy textured soil with slate and shale substrates.
CLIMATE: Climate of a Mediterranean influence, characterised by mild winters, hot summers, moderate temperature changes and scarce and strongly irregular seasonal rainfall. The Can Calopa estate faces northeast, making it a cool estate where the grapes ripen slowly and gradually. The sea breeze comes along in the afternoon, easing the high summer temperatures.

Varieties

Grenache (46%) and Syrah (24%)

Vine growing

Organic farming. Grapes are carefully selected and manually harvested in crates of 10-12 kg.

Wine processing

Each variety is fermented separately in a vat under controlled temperature. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

Production

2020 vintage: 3,250 bottles

Technical sheet

Vinyes de Barcelona 2020

Characteristics of the vintage

Vintage 2020 was characterized by having highly pronounced seasons, with a very cold winter with lots of rain and a warm and wet summer. Spring had significant rainfall. April and May have been the most humid months for the last 20 years. hese factors added to the presence of the native fauna and the high impact of the mildew (plasmopara viticola), have distinguished vintage 2020 with an important reduction of the production.

Viticulture and wine processing

Organic farming. Manual harvest with selection of the grapes from the vine, seeking the highest concentrations. We ferment each variety separately in vats under controlled temperature, with a daily pump-over for the Syrah and punch-down twice a day in the case of Grenache until mid-fermentation. The Syrah is aged in semi-new French oak barrels for 12 months.

Analysis

Alcoholic content: 14.5%
Total acidity: 3.90 g/l (sulphuric acid)
Volatile acidity: 0.43 g/l
Residual sugar: <0.5 g/l (glucose+fructose)
Total sulphites: 55 mg/l

Tasting notes

Intense ruby red colour with violet hues. Nose noticeable for aromatic intensity, with ripe cherry notes on a balsamic, spicy background. On the palate it is well-structured, silky and with fine, marked tannin. Sweet and balanced entry. There is a balance between the fruit, the freshness of the terroir and notes of evolution over time. Ideal for pairing with all types of meat and cheese. The speciality: roast lamb with vegetables and potato parmentier.

Awards

Guia Peñín:
2023: 89 points (2019 vintage)
2022: 89 points (2017 vintage)

Decanter 2022:
Silver medal (2019 vintage)


Hamersma DHG 2021:
8.5 points (2017vintage)

Catavinum 2017:
Silver medal (2014 vintage)