The Wine: Engrescada Sparkling Orange 2020
Raimones Wines Engrescada Sparkling Orange is a natural wine made from a blend of Marina and Pansa Blanca grapes farmed organically in Penedes, Catalonia, Spain. Fresh and zesty, with fine bubbles, lemon curd on the nose - pair with fish tacos!
The Producer: Raimones
Raïmones is a very exciting, completely new venture (founded in 2021!) from the new generation of three winemaking families who work out of Les Gunyoles, a town in Catalonia’s Penedès just southwest of Barcelona. The triumvirate at the helm of Raimones consists of friends Montse Carbó, Jordi Jané, and Marti Sadurní. The vines they work with make up a 10 hectare plot where the plants are all dry-farmed and consistent with typical varieties of the region with one key exception: a rare grape called Marina. To be so young and carry forward such enthusiasm and endeavor is one thing; to mix in a conceptual backbone and cast it as the mission of the project is another. (source: Thirst Merchants)
The Region: Penedès
Penedès is a sub-region located west of Barcelona, in Catalunya, 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.