|Grape/Varietal : Vermell||Color : Orange|
|Origin : Spain||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Tarragona||ABV : 12%|
|Vintage : 2019||Natural Factor: No Added Sulphur, Biodynamic,|
Partida Creus is the project of two Italians now in residence in the Tarragona region of Catalonia, just south of Barcelona. The idea of the project was to work with historical, often overlooked local varietals that in many cases were not recognised by the D.O. of the area: Penedès. Massimo and Antonella strategically went about buying up small plots of abandoned vineyards dotted around the area where mostly unknown varietals such as Garrut, Vinyater, Samsó and Queixal de Llop grew.
They sought to revitalise the vines and work out the best expression for these old varetals, working without chemicals in the vineyard and without selected yeasts or any other additions in the cellar. They make an impressively dizzying number of different wines, all of which are unified by a very distinctive house style - raw, viceral and pungent reds, and salty, turbid, expressive whites. As a couple they have an insatiable energy which really comes through in the wine.
Cartoixà Vermell, also called Xarel-Lo Vermell is a naturally occurring variation of the normally white-berried Xarel-Lo that has reddish-pink skins. Here it is left to macerate on the skins like an red/orange wine, making a wine falling into the rose/orange style (pick your own preferred terminology, it isn’t settled). Tart notes of tropical and citrus fruits and among the more funky bottlings of the winery with earthy, kombucha notes. Farming is organic, grapes sourced from the Pendes. Like all the Partida Creus wines it is fermented with indigenous yeasts and bottled without fining and filtering.
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