This is one of the Flagship wines from Joan Rubio. 100% Xarel•lo from a small plot of 0.5 hectares (certified organic and worked biodynamically) located in front of the house. The name of the farmhouse is Cal Tiques (Cal in Catalan means the house of). The soil is very deep calcareous clay. The grapes are hand harvested, macerated in its skins for around 7 days, devatted by gravity without pressing and aged in red clay amphoras for around 4 months. Truly a beautiful wine - clean, mineral, hints of fennel and lemon, with bright elegance!
Joan Rubió started his own project with his wife Angels in 2015 after having been the technical director at the famous cava house of Recaredo. Using old family fields he strictly applies the principles of organic and biodynamic agriculture; minimum intervention of the soil and spontaneous vegetable cover.
His award-winning wines are obtained from free-run juice, without pressing, slowly vinified and macerated with their skins. Also worth noting that there is no intervention of any enological product during his elaboration process. A mix of stainless steel, oak, and ceramic vessels is used to obtain varying flavors. Resulting in an artistic expression of native grapes Xarello and Macabeu.
As a winery-wide philosophy - All the wines are made macerated on their own skins, the devatted (aka "délestage") ones are unpressed, only gravity is used. Maceration times depend on the type of wine and the characteristics of the vintage, they can range from five days to two weeks. No type of additive is added, nor are they clarified or filtered.