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Vi Novell
2012 Blend

Viticulture

Vineyard: From a selection of different vineyards situated at various altitudes and loactions; El Masroig, Marçà & Els Guiamets.
Soil Type: Mainly Limestone, chalk and slate.
Vine Age: 15 to 25 years old.
Irrigation: No irrigation
Harvest Date: Grenache 3rd week of September and Carignan mid-October.
Yield: 5t/ha

Vinification:

This is a blend of Grenache and Carignan.
Carbonic and traditional fermentation over five days and pressed. It is made using indigenous yeast. The alcoholic fermentation was finished off without the skins in underground tanks.
It is vinified and bottled almost immediately to be released on the 11th of November every year.


VI NOVELL & TRADITION
'Per Sant Marti Mata el Porc I enceta el Vi' - 'On St Martin's Day, a Porc is slaughtered and it is the start of a New Wine' . (Catalan saying)

Vi Novell means 'New Wine' in Catalan. This wine is traditionally released on November 11 to celebrate 'San Marti' or Saint Martin. On the 4th Century, San Marti was a soldier and on a snowy and cold night he gave half of his cloak to a beggar to save him from the cold. The following night he had a vision of Christ wearing the half of the cloak he had given away to the beggar. Christ then told angels who accompanied him that he was 'Saint Martin the non baptized soldier who clothed him'. After this vision he became a christian and created the first monastery in western Europe, in the Loire region of France, and became a monk.
Hi is now celebrated almost everywhere in Western & Eastern Europe, especially in France, Germany (he was born in Germany), Austria, Hungary etc. and also in Spain. The 11th of November has become St. Martin's Day. It is also the 1st World War Armistice day and the date was chosen to mark St. Martin Day. On 11 November St. Martin is celebrated in many ways throughout Europe; as a tradition in Germany a cattle is slaughtered or a goose is roasted, in Portugal it is the first day that a new wine may be tasted and chestnuts are also traditionally served, in Spain it is the day when a pig is slaughtered. Fattened pigs are slaughtered for the winter and a popular Spanish saying goes 'Every pig has its St. Martin's day', which also means that every sinner will have its day. St. Martin's day also marks the start of the 40 days fasting period, it is also the start of the Advent in the Christian calendar.

Tasting Notes:

Color: Ruby with some blue on the rim when young.
Nose: Intense red fruit (strawberries & raspberries) with notes of violets. Earthy with typical Mediterranean aromas.
Palate: Fresh and fruity at first, with hints of cacao, bold tannins, very fruity on the finish with good acidity.
Other: Light to medium bodied and well balanced, great as a stand alone as well as with grilled meat and pork of course!

Chemical Analysis:

Alc (%): 13.5
RS (g/l): 0.3
TA (g/l): 5.20
pH: 3.65