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

Equivalent Bottle Price £29.59

La Bèstia is Pansa Blanca from a very steep west-facing vineyard called Vinya d'En Mundu. Soils here are Gneiss, and vines are almost 80 years old. The grapes are destemmed and there is roughly a week of skin contact, but Oriol doesn't pump over or punch down, preferring an infusion style. Since the berries have very thick skins, he didn't want to extract too much tannin during maceration.
There's a subtle oxidative lean to the wine, mixed with the characteristic saline quality inherent to Pansa Blanca. Delicate, but enveloping and layered with light tannin, and a mineral finish. Hold for one year if possible, as I believe this wine will benefit greatly from a bit more time in bottle.
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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