Metamorphika - Sumoll 100% AmphoraeSpain
Costa D’Or (or Costador) Terroirs Mediterrani are around 15 different plots, scattered
around Tarragona province, mostly centred around Conca de Barberà, with mountainous as well as Mediterranean influences. The soil around here is mostly calcareous and this limestoney minerality shines through in all of these wines. Costa D’Or farm all their vines organically, the only intervention in vineyard is the use of pheromones to repel pests, a little copper and sulphur if and when needed and sometimes the use of sodium bicarbonate to prevent powdery mildew.
100% Sumoll Blanc, from old vines in the mountains of Conca de Barberà, harvest takes place later than in most other parts of Cataluña, due to the much cooler microclimate in Conca de Barberà. Despite this Joan is forced to harvest a little earlier still than he’d like, due to the wild boar population that will ravage an entire plot in what seems like the blink of an eye. 2019 was harvested the first week of October. From what Joan says, if he were to wait idly by for the grapes to reach peak maturity he would return on the day of harvest to find a vineyard stripped bare. The senglar (wild boar) know best when the grapes are ripe. Once harvested the whole bunches are placed directly into amphora where the ferment whole. They are left in amphora for just over 12 weeks before the juice is then pressed out and passed back to amphora for another 6 months. Winter temperatures in Conca get very low which creates a perfect natural filtration process for the wine.
Origin: Catalunya, Spain
Grape: Sumoll Blanc
Bottle size: 750ml