To produce the Pas Curtei Alemany i Corrio alcoholic fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks with a small sulphitic pre-fermentative maceration with wild yeast. Malolactic fermentation with wild bacterias in 228 l French oak barrels.
Trained gobelet and on wire, with vineyards between 15 and 70 years old on clay and limestone soils. Yields are around 4500 kg / Ha. All work is carried out lutte raisonnée.
Alemany is situated in the little town of Vilafranca del Penedes in Cataluña, where Irene and Laurent are challenging the traditional perception of DO Penedes wine. Converting their vineyards from the typical Penedes high yields and abandoning all forms of chemical treatment and fertilizers, they follow basic organic practices. Much of the construction and equipping of their cellar was modest and homemade, including building their own tanks. Production remains small, yet as they identify further small vineyard sites their range has extended to include distinctive wines from the indigenous varietal Xarel-lo, which they choose to do extended fermentation with, using indigenous yeast and it is then left on its lees to increase the richness and compexity. Practicing sustainable agriculture and eschewing the use of any non-organic products in their vineyards they work to achieve balance between the plants and the soil. Canopy management to reduce yields and achieve phenolic ripeness. They created a simple cellar in an old unit on the industrial side of Vilafranca, just behind the Torres installation (where Laurent moonlighted working on the bottling line for a while). They are basic and organic which means you have to build your own tanks – they did – and although they rely on skills of coopers in Burgundy for their barrels much of the construction and equipping of their cellar has been “home made”.