The Chardonnay variety is the result of the coupage of wines from two plots of Chardonnay vines located on the Sumarroca estate. The first is the Mariana plot, with a little over 2 hectares planted in the late 1980s at one end of the estate; the land is very poor and has a slightly higher concentration of ferrous clay, which gives the wine its complexity. The other plot supplying the wine is the Esclopé, planted in the early 1990s on land with a somewhat higher limestone content, which provides the wine with its fresher and younger character.
The 2014 harvest began with heavy rains in November, followed by a mild and very dry winter. Budbreak was some days earlier than in previous years. Rains of up to 60 litres at the start of budbreak promoted healthy growth. Spring was mild, especially during the daytime, and rather dry. There was no consistent rainfall until towards the end of May. Temperatures rose considerably in June and the weather was very humid. Daytime temperatures were moderate for the rest of the summer with normal lows and some rain. Harvesting began a little later than usual and production was down on the previous year.
Delicate, sweet fruit aroma of vine peaches, apricots and pineapple, for instance. Smooth and buttery on the palate, very fresh and fruity. Good structure with a long, fruity finish.
The wine making of the two plots is separate as there is a difference of around 5 days in the ripening process. When the grapes reach the winery, the temperature is reduced to around 10ºC to avoid oxidation and to perform static filtration for 24 hours. The result is then fermented at 14ºC for 17 days. The wine stands in stainless steel vats to help finish its production process with its lees before bottling.
Alcohol: 12,10% vol.
Residual sugar: < 0,5 g/l
Total acidity: 4,05 g/l
|Denomination of Origin||D.O. Penedès|