Mas Candi Xarel.lo 'Desig', Penedès, Spain 2020
Mas Candi came together after a group of growers, Ramon Jané, Mercè Cuscó, Toni Carbó, and Ana Serra, decided to change the narrative around Penedès. They are some of the first to break with tradition, where nearly all farmers must sell their fruit to massive Cava houses just to survive. In 2006, they began to shift to natural farming; now in their old-vine vineyards inherited from their families, chemical inputs have been eliminated; emphasis is on gentle, manual handling of fruit throughout the process. The goal is to produce both serious and more playful still wines from local, nearly-forgotten varieties. Light and fresh, with tons of mouthwatering salinity.
Pairing: fresh sea food, grilled octopus, garden salads