Bodega Clandestina Orange Censurat 2018
Regular price $39.00
Winemaker: Ferran Lacruz
Appellation: Sant Marti Sarroca, Penedes, Catalonia, Spain
Grape Varieties: Carignan Blanc
Ferran's wines are sick! I mean, read on, but this guy adds absolutely nothing to his wines. Nothing. Just. Grapes. This Orange Wine offering has so much minerality! Tons of pear, citrus and apple notes as well. With 30 days of skin contact, you get a fair amount of texture on your palate while drinking this wine . . . which is exactly what we are looking for in a skin-contact white!
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. The grapes are pressed to stainless steel tanks and ferment with indigenous yeast in contact with the skins for two weeks. Manual punchdowns are performed once or twice a day another two weeks after fermentation finishes, still in contact with the skins, so 30 days total skin contact. The wine is then racked to 160 liter amphoras where it ages for 5 months. The wine is unfined, unfiltered and has zero addition of sulfur.
Ferran Lacruz farms 8 hectares of vines in Catalonia, in the small village of Sant Marti Sarroca, in the heart of the Penedès wine region. Ferran started this project with his first vintage of 2018. He works completely outside of any appellation, farms the grapes organically, and is not adding anything to any of the wines. All the grapes are hand-harvested, and nothing is filtered or fined. Ferran grew up in this part of Catalonia, and since being a small child was seduced by the landscape, natural beauty, and the important of wine producing in the culture. He studied tourism in college, which left him feeling unfulfilled. So, with a friend, he began to embark on the journey of becoming a winemaker, looking to produce clean natural wines that express his homeland with honesty.