2018 Venus la Universal Dido Blanc, Montsant, Catalonia, Spain

2018 Venus la Universal Dido Blanc, Montsant, Catalonia, Spain

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Description

René and Sara are very sentimental and value the need to recover past traditions; thus they have chosen to produce this Mediterranean white using only local grape varieties; Garnatxa blanca (White Grenache), Macabeu (Viura) and Cartoixà (Xarel·lo) … Beguiling, voluptuous, and elegant this limited import always sells out quickly.

“This wine reminds us of the fragrances of autumn, ripe fruit, nuts and raisins, seeds…an enchanting creamy texture with a long finish…prepare to be seduced” – Sara and Rene

White Dido is a journey through the Montsant. Garnatxa comes from three different plots in the area of Marça and Falset. The first plot is a 70-year old vineyard, located in the earlier and warmest area from the Montsant DO. The second one, 25 years old aged, with Garnatxa and Macabeu, located in Coll de Falset, a more vigorous and fresher area, and it provides compensation and balance with good acidity, low pH and spicy aromas. The other two Macabeu plots, aged more than 70 years old, are located in colder areas in the border of the DOQ Priorat and they are more lately, providing structure and aging potential. All of them are growing on a calcareous white soil.

A small part of the grapes are macerated with skin during 3/5 days with open barrels to make the starter (pie de cuba) to get native yeast, another 20% is macerated with skin during 24h to 15 days depending on the varietal and the extraction desired. The rest goes straight to the press.

The wine is aged in different volume barrels from 300 liter to 600 liter, and a foudre of 5000 liter for 14 months.

The composition is 50% Macabeu, 40% Garnatxa blanca, 10% Cartoixà (Xarel·lo)

“I tasted two vintages of their entry-level white, the oldest of which was the 2018 Dido Blanc, a blend of Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Cartoixà (the local name of Xarello) from two vineyards in the villages of Marçà and Falset, 70- and 25-year-old vines, respectively, from limestone and limestone and clay soils. They used full clusters and skin contact one part, while part was pressed directly, and the wine matured in 2,500-liter oak foudres, concrete vats and some used barriques for 14 months. It has a moderate 13% alcohol and a Mediterranean profile, combining volume with elegance. It has soma balsamic aromas, and the sensation of the skin contact feels stronger. There are some bitter notes on the finish. This is an austere vintage with mineral and serious wines with a notable absence of fruit.” – 93 points, Wine Advocate – Luis Gutierrez (December 30, 2020)

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