This DO Terra Alta is a wonderful and modern Grenache, with grapes hand picked and wine produced by one our favourite winemaking teams - Marc & Emma Bournazeau - who run both the Terra Remota and Adalta estates in Catalonia. The DO Terra Alta appellation was created in 1982 and Adalta is within a UNESCO biodiversity reserve. The vineyard is currently undergoing organic conversion.
Beautiful clear purple red colour with violet reflections. From the opening, the prominent nose offers notes of redcurrant and blackcurrant with a mix of cinnamon, cardamom, and gingerbread spices. Then, we find the crushed black olives and the ripe red fruits. The freshness is felt from the start in the mouth, with many small ripe red fruits such as redcurrant and a certain concentration while remaining light and elegant. The tannins are very supple, well melted and the finish is long, complex with iodine and floral notes reminiscent of peony and violet.
A perfect accompaniment for suckling pig, lamb marinated with mint and lime, carbonara and pecorino cheese. Best served at 15-17ºC.
About the vineyard & winemaker
The DO Terra Alta was founded in 1982, the most southern wine region of Catalonia, and is located between the Ebro delta and the Aragon lands. Its sublime landscapes have allowed it to be recognized by UNESCO as a biodiversity reserve. Inland, its spectacular landscapes influenced by the Mediterranean offer an extremely varied flora. The limestone mountain ranges, pre-coastal traversed by rivers are sprinkled with green oak woods and white pine woods but also agricultural land for the cultivation of almond trees, vines and olive trees, typical crops of Terra Alta.
These lands benefit from a dry Mediterranean climate with a strong continental influence during the winter as well as an important exposure to the sun and a low rainfall (between 300 and 500 mm per year). Its two dominant winds are the “Cierzo” coming from the northwest and the “Garbinades”, sea winds from the south.
This magnificent terroir, kingdom of Grenache, gives the white and red autochthonous vines sublime characteristics, expressions of the Mediterranean limestone terroir.
We spent a day with owner and winemaker Marc (and a number of his cats and dogs!) at his neighbouring estate of Terra Remota. He is stylish and design oriented - which is evident as soon as you see the winery that he constructed with a leading Spanish architect Nacho Ferrer. He takes great pride in his work and his land, and he is an experimental perfectionist when it comes to his wines. And he's charming. We look forward to visiting him and his family again soon.
Sustainability rating: 2* (Good)
Terra Remota and Adalta is a visionary winery project. Winemaker and owners Marc and Emma have created something special in the granitic soils of the Pyrannean foothills, with beautifully designed architecture of the winery, built sympathetically into the landscape. The vineyard has organic certification since 2012 and organic practice over its initial 15 hectares since inception, while the Adalta plots are undergoing organic conversion now. Marc uses gravity throughout the winery, and rainwater harvesting from the winery roof which covers the additional watering required in the hot summers of Girona.
Red. 100% Black Garnatcha. Cork & Wax closure. 14.5% ABV. 2018 Vintage.