The Wine: A Temps 2017
Alvaro Gonzalez Marcos A Temps 2017 is a natural white wine made from Parellada and Xarel·lo grown in Catalonia, Spain. A Temps 2017 is made from sustainably farmed grapes, spontaneous fermentation with native yeast, no filtration, minimal sulfites at bottling. A Temps is a medium body white wine with notes of pineapple, cantaloupe, and a round palate.
The Producer: Alvaro Gonzalez Marcos
I am an artisan wine producer. My target is to create live wines with healthy grapes. My philosophy is handwork at the vineyard and low intervention in the cellar. I farm organically with biodynamic practices. Work vine by vine and harvest manually in small boxes. I work with local grape varieties (xarel.lo, parellada and ull de llebre).
My region is Penedès, close to Barcelona, the biggest vine-growing region in Catalonia, Spain. Mediterranean climate, marked by the proximity of the sea. My cellar is located in a “Masia” (typical Catalan country house) where wine has been produced for more than 400 years. My work at the cellar is just to create the conditions to allow the grapes to become wine in a natural way.
The Region: Penedès
Penedès is a sub-region located west of Barcelona, in Catalonia, Spain. Penedès is Catalunya’s most important wine district and carries the status of DO, Denominación de Origen. The region is famous worldwide for its main product: the excellent Cava sparkling wine – made with the Champenoise method.
The Terroir of Penedès
Penedès has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. The three subregions in which it can be divided, Baix Penedès, Medio Penedès, and Alt Penedès (where Azimut is located) – respectively low, middle, high Penedès, - have slightly different climates due primarily to altitude and distance from the coast. Soils range from calcareous, the prevalent formation, to sandy and clayey.
The Red Wines of Penedès
Red wines are usually blends of native varietals such as Tempranillo, Penedès main red grape varietal, Garnacha (Garnatxa), Monastrell, and Carinena. In recent years, a handful of producers have been experimenting with international varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with good results.
The White Wines of Penedès
White still wines, in other words, non-Cava white wines, are made from the same native varietals used for Catalunya’s flagship sparkler, Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada. Only recently Chardonnay has been used both in Cava blends and as a still wine, a trend that’s gaining popularity.