D.O. Penedes

This region is characterized by very poor-quality, well-drained soils of mostly Miocene sediments, both continental and maritime, with occasional quaternary deposits. The sandy, clay-like soil is poor in organic matter and rocky in the main, the pre-litoral uplands consisting of Triassic, Cretaceous and oceanic deposits, while coastal mountains are mostly jagged Cretaceous limestone. A largely Mediterranean climate prevails although the Penedès enjoys a wide variety of micro-climates, due to the proximity of the coast and a varied terrain ranging from sea level to over 2,600 feet. Coastal areas are hot and dry, while upland vineyards are much more prone to frosts, with some areas recording annual rainfall of up to 35 inches.

Maria Montserrat Vallverdú Maduell, from the Catalan region of Penedès, invites you to try this unique regional varietal, Xarel.lo. This Xarel.lo is a wonderful introduction to the white wines of northwest Spain, where summer never ends!
Type of Wine: White Wine
Appellation of Origin: D.O. Penedès
Winery: Castell D’Or, Villafranca
Varietal: 100% Xarel.lo. Vines are between 30-40 years old.
Terrain: A warm, mild, coastal climate combined with a sandy, permeable soil and plenty of rainfall (36 inches), make this a perfect region for growing white wine varietals. Xarel.lo, not that well known to the American consumer, is better recognized as one of the three varietals that make up the region’s leading product, Cava.
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: 11.5%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
Maria Montserrat Vallverdú Maduell, from the Catalan region of Penedès, invites you to try this unique regional varietal, Xarel.lo. This Xarel.lo is a wonderful introduction to the white wines of northwest Spain, where summer never ends!
Tasting notes
Color: Pale straw.
Nose: Notes of pineapple, lime, and grapefruit.
Palate: It will impress you with it’s bright tropical fruit flavours; This is a refreshing, lively wine with plenty of acidity;.

 

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