Oriol Artigas, Alella “Lloritu” 6 Bottle Case 75cl

Equivalent Bottle Price £25.49

Lloritu is a new wine from Oriol Artigas, named for a commonly eaten fish in the Mediterranean. The grapes for this wine come from an old vineyard located about 50 meters from the Mediterranean which was planted to Jaque, a fascinating hybrid grape also known as Black Spanish in the United States. According to Jancis Robinson, this variety can most likely trace its history back to French Huguenot colonies around the Savannah river, and an accidental crossing between the native American Vitis Aestivalis and the imported European Vitis vinifera.

Once widespread in Europe (especially the south of France, where it still forms a part of the Cuvée des Vignes d'Antan) and the United States, it is now common only in Brazil. For Lloritu, Oriol harvests his Jaque grapes then macerates them for a single night on their skins before fermentation with natural yeasts and resting in stainless steel tank.

The resulting wine has a beautiful bright pink translucent hue, and a nose of tart cherry, anise and fennel. The palate is light, fresh, and salty, with cherry and pomegranate notes around a mineral core.

Located 15 kilometres north Barcelona, with just 220 hectares Alella is one of 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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