Terroir Al Limit Vi de Terra Viva Terra de Cuques 2016

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About This Wine

Terra De Cuques - which translates as 'place of the fireflies' - takes its name from the fireflies that light up the landscape in this area at night. Fireflies are extremely sensitive to chemical contamination - like ladybirds, their presence indicates a healthy vineyard environment. Terra De Cuques is a blend of 90% Pedro Ximénez on the slate soils of Porrera and 10% Moscatel de Alejandría from Molar. The source vineyards face northeast and are 400-600m above sea level. These factors mean the vines are sheltered from the sun's harshest rays, while the cool nights lock in the grapes' refreshing acidity. The bush vines also play their role in maximising coolness and freshness. Terra de Cuques is a white wine made in the same way that Dominik Huber makes his reds: whole clusters are layered in a fermentation tank where the weight of the bunches create enough juice for fermentation to begin spontaneously. Then, after two weeks the wine is pressed and finishes fermentation in a concrete tank. The 2015 is a wonderfully deep, vibrant white. The nose offers complex, somewhat oxidative notes (in a good way) while the palate is both fatty and fleshy, and then intensely racy, with a powdery, juicy close. There's lemon pith, mixed citrus peel, white pepper and Fino like characters. Wonderful, unique white that is a beacon for the world's warm climate regions.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Pedro Ximenez Moscatel de Alejandra
Country Spain
Region Priorat
Brand Terroir Al Limit
Vintage 2016

Wines of Spain

With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.

The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.

In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.

Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.

Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.

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