Nuria Renom La Fea També 2019

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Alt Penedès, Catalonia, Spain
Xarel-lo & Moscatel
Organic & Biodynamic
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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Roughly translating as 'the ugly one' this is a wine that truly embraces the notion of beauty as imperfection. Depending on your point of view this will either be a wine you fall for hard, or have you running a mile - there isn't really an inbetween. In a process that shows off Nuria's ingenuity as a winemaker, La Fea També is a rescued tank of Xarel.lo she took over from a friend and neighbouring producer once the wine was found to be developing volatile acidity. Insisting that all was not lost and adding to it a healthy dose of skin-macerated Moscatel from her own tanks (her calling card), she brought the wine around somewhat - not to perfection, but into the form of something with its own unique personality. So here we have a light spritz from a gentle secondary fermentation after the Moscatel was added, and a yin and yang balance of residual sugar and volatility, which hang in a sort of balance with each other, one never allowing the other to dominate. We love a story, and the charm that this wine exudes is irresistable.

Nuria Renom, a charismatic and enigmatic personality, began making wines from her tiny rented vineyard and farmhouse in the Garraf national park in 2014 whilst still in her role as head sommelier at Bar Brutal in Barcelona. Finishing late night shifts in the restaurant she would take the first train from Barcelona back to her home in the Garraf to carefully tend to her vines. These vines, worked with the utmost care and attention, would provide the fruit for Nuria to begin making  miniscule productions of the wines that have over the years rightly earned her a reputation as one of the most exciting winemakers to watch.

Now somewhat of a nomad winemaker, Nuria is temporarily based in the cellar of good friends Anna and Toni of La Salada, whilst she searches for her own space. Although she works a handful of her own beloved plots, this gives her the freedom to work with some of the best viticultors in Alt Penedès and the surrounding hills, each year purchasing small amounts of grapes directly from them to continue making her often tiny productions of wine, some of which she only produces 100 or so bottles of.

Nuria’s wines, much like her, are utterly uncompromising. She makes wines that not only express this region’s climate and its soils perfectly, they also somehow mirror her personality and intention. They are wines that are often wild, saline and feminine but above all they are always pure, expressive and uniquely hers.