Thursday, May 9, 2013

Terra Remota, Delicious First-Rate Wines From Marc & Emma Bournazeau, Empordà (Girona), Catalunya

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Empordà (Girona), Catalunya
Terra Remota (Click)

Owned by Marc & Emma Bournazeau
Vineyard manager Pierre Vidalou, oenologist Brigitte Soriano.
Pierre, Brigitte, Emma, Marc, Veronica, Diego & Voyou (the dog).

Marc Bournazeau comes from a family that was forced to emigrate during the Spanish Civil War. They settled in Perpignan, France, which is right across the border from Catalan Empordá.

The vineyards and winery are located in granitic foothills of the Pyreenes near Capmanys (Girona), an hour and a half north of Barcelona in the Empordà, the land of Salvador Dalí and Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli. The winery was designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment and even has local grasses, etc. growing on the roof.

The vineyards are farmed with the maximum of respect for the environment 
and are now in sixth year of ecological cultivation.

Terra Remota Caminante (Blanco) 2010 Empordà  13.5%  $28.99

This delicious wine is a blend of 45% Garnatxa Blanca, 35% Chenin Blanc and 20% Chardonnay.

Grapes are harvested in 10 kilo boxes, then refrigerated before the final grape bunch selection is made to maintain a maximum of freshness.  The grapes are pressed in a pneumatic press and then passed by gravity to new and one-year old French oak barrels, where the wine undergoes alcoholic fermentation under slow, low temperature-controlled conditions on the lees for ten months, then it is bottled and remains six more months at the winery before being released. 

Terra Remota Camino Vi Negre 2009 Empordá   14%  $29.99

Terra Remota Camino Tinto 2009 ($29). Atypical of Dawes' offerings, this is a blend of French and Spanish varieties (40 per cent garnacha and 30 percent syrah, plus 20 percent cabernet sauvignon and 10 percent tempranillo), higher in alcohol than the other wines tasted here (at 14 percent), and definitely showing some French oak. I thought the nose was a little cabbagey at first, but that character dissipated, and on the palate the wine is earthy and full, with the garnacha fruit shining through.  - - Colman Andrews, The Daily Meal.  Read more: Spanish Wines — A Seductive New Crop: Godello, mencia, and other less-than-famous Iberian grapes shine in a new selection from Spanish wine expert Gerry Dawes

Terra Remota Tinto, or red, is a blend of two grapes native to Spain, Garnatxa Negra (40%) and Tempranillo (10%) blended with two varieties of French origin, Syrah (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) C.S.

Grapes are harvested at phenolic ripeness and the bunches pass through a sorting table and after de-stemmed they undergo a long fermentation and regular pigeage, the punching down of the cap.  Malolatic fermentation is carried in 55 Hl wooden tanks and the wines are aged in 5hl French oak barrels for one year.

Terra Remota Camino is a deep black cherry color with a red rim and has an inviting nose of currants, red fruits, and licorice and harmonious, light French oak. 

At 14% alcohol, Terra Remota Camino may give the initial impression that it is going to be another powerful, overbearing Spanish red wine. Not overblown like many Catalan red wines, it proves to be smooth, round easy drinking wine with a sweet, fruity, pleasing and seductive finish that is surprisingly light with smooth tannins and a nice acidity to provide balance.

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