Raventós I Blanc Textures de Pedra Blanc des Negres 2011 Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain

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Raventós I Blanc Textures de Pedra Blanc des Negres 2011 Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain

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This is a new wine from Raventós I Blanc, formerly a Cava producer, but now working outside the DO (interestingly, BBR in the UK have decided to continue labelling this as Cava in their wine list to avoid the danger of confusing their customers). It’s described as a blanc des negres, and is a blend of 30% Xarel-lo, 20% Xerel-lo Vermell, 20% Sumoll, 20% Bastard Negre (this is a local variety that used to be misidentified as Mourvèdre) and 10% Parellada. These grapes are sourced from Vinya Més Alta, which is at the top of theSerral hill and has stony soils, farmed biodynamically. The wine is aged on its lees for 42 months and is bottled with zero dosage. It’s pretty serious, and I really like it.

Raventós I Blanc Textures de Pedra Blanc des Negres 2011 Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain
Full yellow colour. Rich and quite toasty with a buscuitty edge to the citrus, pear and white peach fruit. There’s freshness and concentration here, with just the faintest trace of pithy bitterness in the background. Lovely complexity, showing real bite and personality. There are even some cherry and herb notes, lovely depth, and a little bit of grip. 93/100

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6 thoughts on “Raventós I Blanc Textures de Pedra Blanc des Negres 2011 Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain

  1. Everything I have tasted from Raventos has been excellent but have to say it is rather a limited choice up here.

  2. We introduce you Textures de Pedra 2011: our “Blanc de Noirs”.
    With Textures de Pedra, Raventós i Blanc is exploring three local red varieties: Xarel·lo Vermell, Sumoll and Bastard Negre to create a “Blanc de Noirs” that is concentrated on the palate and with great ageing potential.
    Hi Jamie, because this is ‘white out of red’, I guess no xarel.lo is used, but only the pink (they call it red) version, xarel.lo vermell, as also Raventós í Blanc states on its facebook account (see above).
    Best, Ronald
    https://es-es.facebook.com/raventosiblanc/posts/1163935096954536

  3. In,Asia this new niche product should get the attention,of seasoned Cava consumers. We will start offering Textures de Pedra early 2017 in Hong Kong. Already available are Raventos’ icon products L HEREU (as of vintage 2014 renamed to BLANC DE BLANCS) and DE NIT. 2013 vintages of both wines were stunning, we tasted 2014 today and find DE NIT one of the best vintages ever!

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