Terra Remota

Adalta Blanco 2019

D.O. Terra Alta, Catalunya, Spain

100% White Grenache | 13.0% ABV


An elegant white, made with handpicked grenache grapes, produced by one our favourite winemaking teams - Marc & Emma Bournazeau - who run the Terra Remota and Adalta estates in Catalonia. The DO Terra Alta appellation was created in 1982 and Adalta is within a UNESCO biodiversity reserve. The vineyard is currently undergoing organic conversion.

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Beautiful clear light gold with green reflections. The first nose is expressive, with notes of fresh flowers, hazelnut blossom and fresh hazelnut. When aerated, notes of yellow fruits such as melon and quince, are mixed with floral notes. The nose is complex, fresh, elegant, and ends on mineral notes reminiscent of the rifle stone. On the palate this wine is super fresh, evoking fresh hazelnut and jasmine. The middle of the mouth is rich, complex, round, with aromas of summer fruits. The finish is very long, salty, iodine with a hint of citrus. Harmonious and very elegant.

Serve at 12-14°C.
Great with oysters, seafood and fish.

We spent a day with owner and winemaker Marc Bournazeau (and a number of his cats and dogs!). He is stylish and design oriented - which is evident as soon as you see the winery that he constructed with his wife, with the help of leading Spanish architect and friend of the family Pepe Cortés.

Marc takes great pride in his work and his land. In terms of his wine-making philosophy, here's how he explains it:

"The vineyards are grouped around the winery, which houses the equipment for making the different wines. This means that the harvested grapes can be brought in very quickly. The main criteria governing the winery’s organisation can be resumed in three concepts: quality, respect for the raw materials and identity.

Obtaining wines of high quality is our primary objective. It is for this reason that the owners try to isolate grapes of quality as far as possible during the entire process, from the vine to the ageing of the wines.

Moreover, we believe that the greater the quality of the raw material, the lower the need for intervention at the level of the winemaking and ageing process. We try to reduce to a minimum any interventions that may harm the grapes, in order to respect the original quality of the fruit.

In short, our philosophy is to bring personalised service into the making of each of our wines. Given that the factors playing a role in the development of a wine are numerous (grape type, soil, climate, fermentation time, ageing, etc.), we conceive the winemaking for each wine as a unique process that cannot be systematically repeated. In short, in view of the complexity of the respective viticultural and oenological tasks, we work on “individualism” in each phase of wine production, taking into account the unique specifications of each one of our wines."

We would summarise Marc as an experimental perfectionist (with a very accommodating wife who keeps asking him to reduce not expand the line-up!). And Marc is charming too. We look forward to visiting him and his family again soon, and to their next visit to London.

The DO Terra Alta appellation was established in 1982 in the most southern wine region of Catalonia, located between the Ebro delta and the Aragon lands.

Its sublime landscapes have allowed it to be recognised by UNESCO as a biodiversity reserve. Inland, its spectacular landscapes influenced by the Mediterranean offer an extremely varied flora. The limestone mountain ranges, pre-coastal traversed by rivers are sprinkled with green oak woods and white pine woods but also agricultural land for the cultivation of almond trees, vines and olive trees, typical crops of Terra Alta.

These lands benefit from a dry Mediterranean climate with a strong continental influence during the winter as well as an important exposure to the sun and a low rainfall (between 300 and 500 mm per year). The two dominant winds are the “Cierzo” coming from the northwest and the “Garbinades”, sea winds from the south.

This magnificent terroir, kingdom of Garnatcha (Grenache), gives the white and red autochthonous vines sublime characteristics, expressions of the Mediterranean limestone terroir.

Moving on Up (2*).

Terra Remota (which is partnered with the Adalta vineyard) is a visionary winery project. Winemaker and owners Marc and Emma have created something special in the granitic soils of the Pyrannean foothills, with beautifully designed architecture of the winery, built sympathetically into the landscape. The vineyard has organic certification since 2012 and organic practice over its initial 15 hectares since inception, while the Adalta plots are undergoing organic conversion now. Marc uses gravity throughout the winery, and rainwater harvesting from the winery roof which covers the additional watering required in the hot summers of Girona.

White | Still | 75cl | 13% ABV | SO2 62mg/L

Annual Production: 10,000 bottles

Cellaring: Ready to drink now

Vinification: Plot vinification. Grapes sorted and de-stemmed. Low pressure pneumatic pressing. Degourgage by cold decanting. Alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature (15- 17°C), with regular stirring. Aging on fine lees for 7 months. Collage, light filtration, bottling.

Vineyard last visited by Wine&Earth's co-founders Martin & Toby in Autumn 2021

  • Organic - Undergoing Conversion & Certification

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