Garnacha blanca

Garnacha Blanca is a varietal of white grape that is related to the red grape Garnacha. It is mostly found in Rhône wine blends and in northeast Spain. Its wines are characterized by high alcohol and low acidity, with citrus and/or herbaceous notes. Its vigor can lead to overproduction and flabbiness; however, if yields are controlled, it can contribute flavor and length to blends. Garnacha Blanca responds best to low fermentation temperatures, which produce a fresh, dill-scented wine in its youth. The grape is fairly flexible in winemaking and can be exposed to malolactic fermentation, extended skin maceration, lees stirring as well as oak aging.

Guiomar Ribas Ferran, a young assistant-winemaker is passionate about wine, particularly the white garnacha varietal that is widely grown in this high-altitude region of northwest Spain. Garnacha is ideally suited to the mild Mediterranean climate that gently drifts up from Barcelona on the coast..
Type of Wine: White Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Terra Alta
Winery: Celler Unio, Reus
Varietal: 100% Garnacha Blanca. Vines are between 30-60 years old.
Terrain: A high altitude plain (above 1,400 feet), close to the mediterranean, typically hot in summer with a bitterly cold winter. The soil is clay with pebbles, with little or no organic material. Rainfall is less than 16 inches per year.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: Fermented on the lees in stainless steel.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 41º and 55º F
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
Guiomar Ribas Ferran, a young assistant-winemaker is passionate about wine, particularly the white garnacha varietal that is widely grown in this high-altitude region of northwest Spain. Garnacha is ideally suited to the mild Mediterranean climate that gently drifts up from Barcelona on the coast.
Tasting notes
Color: Pale straw.
Nose: Light, citrus with green apple.
Palate: A dry white wine with plenty of fruit and fresh acidity, it is ideal when paired with creamy cheeses, white meats, seafood or salad.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: March 2014