This is a great little chillable red made from Trepat and a little Syrah/Garnacha! All organic and biodynamically farmed south west of Barcelona in the Conca de Barbarà from 50+ year vines. Clinging to the slopes of the mountain vineyard, the vines soak up the coastal sunshine... which is so infused in this wine.
This wine has a bit of a social conscience - produced in support of the Assoc. of Mentally Handicapped Children of Conca de Barbarà it features new art by the children each vintage and contributes a large donation back to the cause.
The wine is juicy, crunchy, and present on the palate - think seafood lunch or beachside bbq... perhaps _top-of-the-trail hiking wine! _
Ricard Sebastià Foraster was still in his early 20’s when he became the fourth-generation winemaker on his family’s vineyard estate in the unique D.O. Conca de Barberà. These vineyards are planted in a lovely valley surrounded by mountains, where the soils range from the river erosion-formed land in the valley to clay-limestone and poor in organic matter on the slopes of the Serra de Miramar. There are also vineyards near the winery itself, on the sunny slopes of the Prades mountains, where soils are calcareous with pieces of river rock and slate.
Just two red varieties are planted on the 9 hectares of the Mas Castells estate: Cabernet Sauvignon and Ull de Llebre (the local name for Tempranillo). In the rest of the vineyards, the family has planted red varietals Trepat (the indigenous red varietal grown predominantly in Conca de Barberà.), Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and Garnacha Peluda (literally, “Hairy Grenache”); and white varietals Garnacha Blanca (White Grenache), Chardonnay, Macabeu and Parellada.
“THE INFLUENCE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA BRINGS EVEN MORE ACIDITY TO THE GRAPES, THUS PRODUCING WINES THAT COMBINE STRUCTURE AND ELEGANCE.”
This is a typical continental-Mediterranean climate, with a high contrast between day and night temperature, which brings freshness and personality to the wines. The influence of the Mediterranean Sea brings even more acidity to the grapes, thus producing wines that combine structure and elegance.
Josep Foraster’s philosophy is sustainability and quality, and they use only their own organically grown grapes, without synthetic products or herbicides, also using biodynamic principles in the viticulture. This respect for the soil and terroir is reflected in the wines they produce.
The family’s careful and dedicated approach to integrated farming combined with a great commitment to avoid increasing production beyond sustainable levels makes this estate unique in an already unique region. Their delightful wines combine elegance and balance with power, while the winery itself is well-known for the incomparable beauty of the terroir and the architecture.