2021 Celler Pardas Sus Scrofa Sumoll
Celler Pardas is part of a new generation in Catalonia that emphasizes local terroirs and indigenous grapes like Xarel.lo, Macabeo, and Sumoll. Started in 1996 by winegrowers Ramón Parera and Jordi Arnan, they acquired the Can Comas estate in Alt Penedés. Their white wines feature Xarel.lo, while Sumoll takes the spotlight in their red wines.
Certified Organic Sumoll, grown in the Mediterranean-maritime climate of Penedes, undergoes fermentation in concrete tanks with natural yeasts followed by six months of maturation before bottling. This is an easy-drinking and vibrant style with plenty of character.
The young-vine Sumoll 2021 Sus Scrofa was produced with grapes from three vineyards they planted in 1999, 2001 and 2014, selected from old vines throughout Cataluña. It fermented with 50% full clusters and matured in concrete for six months. It has only 11% alcohol and a low pH of 3.3. This is young, unoaked and fruit-driven, floral and very expressive. In the old times, there were up to 8,000 hectares of Sumoll in Penedès, but a lot was uprooted and used for homemade wine. Thankfully, the variety is coming back, as it has a lot of potential. They started in 2008 when the grape was admitted by the appellation of origin Penedès, and the idea is to show the naked variety. It's a refreshing wine, balanced, medium-bodied. The variety can have some rusticity with firm and dusty tannins. It finishes dry. 29,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2021. Drink 2022 - 2026.
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