2018 Laureano Serres Mendall 'Roig Terme de Laureano' Carinyena
Laureano Serres is one of the pioneering natural wine makers in Catalunya. He makes energetic, strong yet discerning wines. Made from carinyena from vineyards around 470 metres above sea level in Terra Alta. The grapes are destemmed and spend 10 days on skins with no punch down before ageing in cuve. We haven't tasted, but with notes from Mike Bennie, 'high toned perfume of wild mint, fennel, red cherry and cranberry with dusting of black pepper and pulverised rock. Has some flesh to texture but is wonderfully light and pure beautiful expression of the grape'.
Cultivation of the wine grapes. Almost all wines at NOTWASTED implement organic, biodynamic or regenerative vineyard practices.
The skins of the grapes can form part of the fermentation process. Unlike conventional white wine, natural winemakers will often leave skins of the grapes for part (or all) of the fermentation, the result is a cloudy and tannin filled wine.
The filtering of the wine to remove particles post fermentation. Filtering particles may be aesthetically pleasing, but is often viewed as ‘unnatural’ and not filtering is said to create a more unique wine.
Fining wines uses an agent (often gelatin or bentonite) to attract miniscule solids and join them together. Again this is seen as ‘unnatural’.
The amount of sulfur added to the wine. The affect of suplphites in wine on the human body is one of the most debated and researched parts of the winemaking process. Conventional wines often present up to 300mg per litre of wine.
The type of yeast used. Imported or wild. Yeast is crucial to break down grape sugars into alcohol. Wild yeast, relies on it naturally occuring as part of the fruit harvested. Although harder to execute, it’s often part of a natural winemaker’s process.