Loxarel, a play on the name of their signature variety xarel.lo, is headed by Josep Mitjans an extremely talented enologist who made his first 1,000 bottles of wine at the age of 16.
Made from parcels of xarel.lo, syrah and garnachas tinta and blanca, his wines are certified organic and are made from vineyards managed biodynamically in Alt Penedès, he is part of a group called Terra Dinámica who get together every three months to make biodynamic preparations), some of his wines employ skin contact and fermentation and ageing in amphora.
The cellar is based in Vilobí del Penedès in a converted air raid shelter from the Spanish civil war.
Tasting: Translated the name of this wine means 790 sins, referring to the 790 days it takes from harvesting to release, each day a sin that this wine can’t be enjoyed yet! Organically and biodynamically grown in Catalunya’s Penedès region, west of Barcelona, Loxarel have been dedicated to sustainable production since their inception. Full bodied with sumptuous flavours of ripe, candied black fruit, raspberries, black plums, all wrapped around a core of soft yet present tannins, and notes of cacao and coffee.
Region: D.O. Penedès
Grape: Garnacha, Syrah
Aging: Fermented in amphora the aged 10 months in French oak
Tasting: Un-fined and unfiltered, low in added sulphites, golden amber from prolonged skin contact. Farmed organically and biodynamically this skin contact Xarel.lo provides an exceptionally cerebral wine drinking experience with notes of honey, white fruit and herbs on the nose with an exceptional palate of dried apricot, baking spices, cooked apple flesh and garrigue herbs. A very well made wine that will delight skin contact wine lovers and the curious alike.
Tasting: Full Bodied, the fruit and tannins combine well with the acidity and rounds out extremely well. Liquorice, coffee, cocoa and violet with an intriguing cherry aroma. Intense aromas derived from spices, Mediterranean herbs and balsamic notes.