Oriol Artigas, Alella “La Grita” 6 Bottle Case 75cl

Equivalent Bottle Price £25.49

Parellada is always light, and in the wet and cool year this wine only clocks in at around 9% alcohol. La Grita is aged under flor in stainless steel tanks for six months, giving it a slight oxidative quality. The wine shows notes of fennel and anise against a faintly oxidative background on the nose, while the palate is very light, with notes of citrus and flor around a core of refreshing acidity. Definitely a wine for the adventurous, but truly pleasurable and refreshing!

Located 15 kilometres north Barcelona, with just 220 hectares Alella is one of the Spains smallest and oldest DO’s. The proximity to the Mediterranean, granite soils called Sauló, and a plethora of native vines has inspired a few growers to protect this area from extinction. There is no doubt that the quiet revolutionary Oriol Artigas is at the forefront of this movement. Oriol started making wine to enjoy with friends, but started his project with the 2011 vintage. His overarching philosophy is to “cultivate the vineyards in the most natural and least interventionist way possible, in order to let the grapes express with intensity the soil from which they come from.” He has 7.5 hectares of vineyards, with the majority being planted en vaso, which are very old, and located around his hometown Vilassar de Dalt.

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