Bodega Clandestina Orange Censurat 2019

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Penedès, Catalonia, Spain
Carignan Blanc
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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From a single plot, low in organic matter but rich in minerals, particularly calcareous, these young Carignan Blanc vines are harvested much later though the fruit retains exceptional acidity, due to the nature of the varietal and the mineral nature of the soil. 30 days maceration on skins before the wine is passed to amphora for 5 months. A silky, amber coloured with a richness that is balanced by it acidity.

Penedès native Ferran Lacruz Bosch’s passion is rooted in his home region and he strongly believes that it has fallen victim to its own success and its consequent industrialisation. Monoculture and commercial farming have all but laid waste the reputation of a region which has all the hallmarks of one of the best winemaking regions in the world. Ferran’s sense of tradition, coupled with his precision and passion fuel him in making wines that express his home region purely and elegantly. All of Ferran’s plots are on the raised plateau of Alt Penedès, 300-350m above sea level on clay-calcareous soil, perfect for that balance of rounded fruit coupled with a fresh limestone finish. 

Here Xarel-lo is the principal varietal and Ferran has dedicated himself to harnessing its potential and allowing it to express itself fully. Ferran makes exclusively single plot wines that express the individual micro-climates and unique soil structures of each parcel. He goes so far as to even harvest different parts of a single plot on separate days, based on the maturation of the fruit, then vinifying each part individually, making wines that are ultimately balanced and exceptionally precise. Ferran utilises biodynamic preparations such as herbal preparations in place of pesticides and fertilisers. In cellar his wines are unfined, unfiltered and completely free of oenological additives, including sulphur. Ferran believes strongly that in order for his wines to truly express their region they need to be produced without any chemical additions, either in vineyard or cellar.