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2018 Laureano Serres Mendall Abeurador Amfora Macabeo

Catalunya, Spain

Laureano Serres has built an enormous cult following around the world for two reasons. Out of this world wines and forging the minimal intervention organic wine path in Spain almost 20 years ago.

These wines are given to us by allocation only. Dry, citrus notes, salty, juicy and crisp. 100% Macabeo from Terra Alta, with one day skin contact before being pressed into amphora allowing slow, micro-oxidation of the wine creating a concentrated wine. Quoting Mike Bennie, 'gently sweet fruit, spice, herbs, lots of slippery texture, juicy and crisp, lightly chalky with a neat, savoury edge.'

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About the maker

Considered one of Catalunya's natural wine pioneers, Laureano Serres turned his back on the huge boom of conventional wine in Catalunya during the 90s.

From working in a co-operative for many years, to starting his own label, it's been Laureano's choice to farm organically and create more 'traditional' style of wine. In 2002 he inadvertently forgot to add SO2 to his wines and this opened the door to continuing without it. He looks after six hectares scattered around El Pinell and Terra Alta ranging 170 to 500 metres above sea level. The topsoil is very shallow meaning the vines have to dig deep into the limestone bedrock below to source nutrients. This results in a unique expression of wines from the area. Varieties farmed include macabeo, grenache, carignan and others. His whites usually involve small amounts of skin contact or are direct pressed and his reds often involve a different method of fermentation using field blends throughout. His wines are produced only in small quantities and his personal energy, love and passion certainly transcends these wines.
See the Laureano Serres collection here