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2018 ROCA DEL CRIT, Gallina de Piel. Empordà, Spain

Bin:  700

Alcohol percentage:  14%


The Grenache grapes are sourced from vineyards in the Mas Marés area, which faces the sea. The moderating breezes that move inland from the water allow for a longer growing season. The vines have a minimum age of 20 years and are planted on granitic soils. The Carignan is sourced from the Rabós area facing the mountains. This area is known for its strong wind from the North ‘the tramunatana’ which often reaches 120 kilometres per hour.
The vines are 86 years old and planted on slate soils.


Gallina de Piel is an exciting winemaking project from David Seijas, the former Head Sommelier at three-Michelin-starred restaurant El Bulli. David’s aim is to create versatile wines from Spain’s gastronomic northern regions: Catalonia, Aragon and Galicia. He works with local growers, selecting the best vineyards and indigenous grape varieties to create wines with an emphasis on elegance and freshness.
The varieties were picked and handled separately. The Grenache was fermented in stainless-steel tanks at 24°C, with 10% whole bunches. It then underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for six months on fine lees. The Carignan was fully destemmed before fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks. It was then transferred to medium toast, new and used French oak barrels (500-700 litre capacity) for malolactic fermentation and aged for 10 months. The wine was then blended, filtered and bottled before being matured for three months in bottle prior to release.


The vintage was marked by low rainfall. Generally, the year was very hot, with mild temperatures throughout the winter and peaks of heat during the summer. The influence of the drying wind, the Tramuntana, could be felt particularly in the early months of the year. However, rain in spring replenished water reserves in the soil, protecting the vines from hydric stress.

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