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Autòcton Cellar "Mas Vilella" Blanc '18

Catalunya

Autòcton Cellar "Mas Vilella" Blanc '18

The grape, the place, and the farmer and his values. This is what makes wine so complex and such a personal experience.

We here at Perman Wine like to tell the stories of producers because inherently, within that story is a uniqueness that sets it apart from the bottle sitting next to it.

A couple months ago we shared the story of our friend Albert Jané. Over the time we have known him, he has become a well recognized winemaker in the regions of Montsant and Priorat. Albert's roots though, are in the Penedès region, and in particular at an old Catalan farmhouse called Mas Vilella. Growing up around the farmhouse and its vineyards, it is now his home, and he recently re-introduced wines from the estate.

This is Albert's first release of a white wine, made from the local Malvasía de Sitges variety. This unique grape is rarely seen as a monovarietal wine in the Penedès region. Being the proud proponents that we are at Perman Wine, this is the second example of Malvasía de Sitges that we have on the shelves, the other coming from Celler Pardas.

Yet despite that they are indeed the same grape from the same region, they come from two very different places, and thus are completely different.

Mas Vilella is such a unique vineyard, in order to plant, the family had to remove huge stones and boulders from the vineyards. These stones are mixed with clay, and the net effect are grapes with good concentration and a deeply mineral personality. Albert ferments and ages the wine in a mixture of large French oak and amphora.

Typical of the varietal when it is young, it is floral, with some tropical notes. The palate is medium weight, with some notes of citrus peel, mineral and herbs on the palate. It is an incredibly long and complex wine. Delicious on its own, it will work with seafood such as lobster or stone crab. This is a wine that will develop for a decade in bottle, so if you love it, come back and stock up for future drinking.

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Details

Producer Autócton Celler
Vintage 2018
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Malvasia di Sitges

Acidity

3 / 5

Tannin

2 / 5

Body

3 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

4 / 5

Funky

1 / 5

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