The Wine: Litrona Sumoll 2018
Clos Lentiscus Litrona Sumoll is a red natural wine made from 100% Sumoll grapes farmed biodinamically in Penedes, Catalunya, Spain. The grapes were macerated on the skins for about 15 days and then pressed into used oak foudres and clay amphorae. The wine aged for about 1 year in those vessels, and then, all blended, for one more year in stainless steel, before being bottled unfiltered with no added sulfites.
The Producer: Clos Lentiscus
"We are the 10th generation of winemakers (Father and daughter) that try to transmit all the history and personality of our vines. We live in a 14th century farm surrounded by Mediterranean forest, located at 225m above sea level in the Garraf Natural Park. We have a sandy/calcareous terroir growing local varieties such as: Malvasia de Sitges, Xarel.lo, Xarel.lo Vermell, Sumoll, Carinyena and Ull de Llebre,Parellada, Cartoixà Vermell and Muscat of Alexandria."
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.