Catalonia, Spain

Mendall

Terme de Guiu 2019

£26

MENDALL
Terme de Guiu 2019
Catalonia, Spain

Macabeo from vines over fifty years old planted just under five hundred metres above sea level in Vilalba dels Arcs. The grapes were pressed directly, before being pressed to vats for nine months of ageing. Bottled under crown seal with a little sugar, it has since refermented in the bottle, producing a gently sparkling wine that is all ripe stone fruits, sea salt and stones. This makes so much sense outside in the sunshine.

Macabeo


ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Laureano Serres’ home and cellar are based in El Pinell de Brai, a hot, dusty little town that looks like something out of a Spaghetti Western and serves as the unlikely ground zero of Catalunya’s lively wine scene.

A pioneer who has been influential in inspiring others in the area to return to their winemaking roots, Laureano was also there the night the Brutal Wine Corporation was founded and is an organiser of one of Europe’s most talked about wine fairs, H2O Vegetal. His spirit, sense of community and love of life are both legendary and infectious and like so many before us, when we visited for the first time we were welcomed with open arms.

Laureano was working as a computer programmer in Madrid when he decided a change of scenery was necessary and returned to his hometown to head the local winemaking cooperative. A couple of years later he set off on his own, bottling wine under the Mendall label from the 1999 harvest. He has worked with organic fruit from the very beginning and since 2002, after forgetting to add any sulphur to the wines and enjoying the results, he has never looked back.

He now farms five and a half hectares of vineyards spread over parcels in El Pinell at around 170 metres of altitude and higher up in the Terra Alta, where they reach some 500 metres above sea level. There is little topsoil, meaning the vines dig right into the limestone below. This unique terroir lends the wines a freshness and complexity that is not always common in this part of the world.

The wines are made in all manner of vessels in his small cellar in the town centre. Limited space dictates that the majority of wines are bottled young and brimming with an energy that comes about from Laureano’s unique brand of wine making, which combines creativity and restraint to brilliant effect. Truly one-of-a-kind, they offer vivid expressions of man, grape and place.