- Tasting Notes & Technical Details
Gallina de Piel is an exciting winemaking project from David Seijas, the former Head Sommelier at three-Michelin-starred restaurant El Bulli. David’s aim is to create versatile wines from Spain’s gastronomic northern regions: Catalonia, Aragon and Galicia. He works with local growers, selecting the best vineyards and indigenous grape varieties to create wines with an emphasis on elegance and freshness.
‘Ikigall’ is an aromatic, organic white blend of Xarel-lo (85%), Malvasia de Sitges (10%) and Muscat (5%) from Penedès. It is fermented in stainless steel and spends four months on fine lees. This is a fragrant wine with subtle orange blossom and fennel accents, offset by a crisp, saline palate. ‘Mimetic’ comes from 40 to 80-year-old Garnacha vines grown on deep, red clay soils with large surface pebbles in Aragon’s Calatayud appellation. This arid, desert landscape sits at 750 – 1,000m above sea level. The hot continental climate here is tempered by cool nights which help to retain a refreshing acidity in the grapes. The wine is aged in concrete for six months. It is a bright, juicy Garnacha with lively freshness. ‘Roca del Crit’, which means ‘the screaming rock’, is a nod to the small, hidden cliff behind El Bulli where the sommeliers would go to let off steam after a hard day’s shift. This wine is a blend of 86% Cariñena and 14% Garnacha and from two areas in the Empordà appellation on the Spanish/French border. The 85-year-old Cariñena vines are grown on the mountainous slate soils of Rabós further inland. The Garnacha comes from the rugged, coastal Cap de Creus where it grows on predominately granite soils. The Cariñena spends 10 months in 500 litre second and third use barrels, while the Garnacha is fermented in stainless steel. It displays bright red and black cherry, blackberry and herbal inflections with a gentle balance of spice from the oak. ‘Manar dos Seixas’, from Ribeiro in Galicia, is a blend of local varieties: Treixadura, Albariño, Godello and Loureiro. Grown in the Miño river valley, the vines experience the cooling influence of the Atlantic, morning fog and valley breezes, which promotes slow ripening and concentrated aromatics of peach and chamomile. The wine is unoaked and aged on the fine lees for 6 to 8 months to add a supple roundness on the mid-palate.
Fruit for the ‘Ikigall’ is sourced from Penedès in Catalonia. The vineyards are located at an altitude of 160 metres above sea level, on a mixture of silty loam and sandy soils which provide an excellent balance of concentration and freshness. The vines are just over sixty years old and are managed organically.
2021 began with a rainy, cold winter, which enabled a healthy vegetative cycle and meant that the soils were able to accumulate ample water reserves in preparation for the hot summer months. August was particularly dry and as a result, ripening progressed quite rapidly. Harvest was healthy and, although yields were slightly lower than average, all varietals were of the highest quality.
The grapes underwent cold maceration for five hours to promote textural and aromatic complexity. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 15°C to preserve the grapes’ vibrant fruit profile. The wine then spent four months ageing on fine lees, to enhance mouthfeel and retain freshness, before filtration and bottling.
This fragrant wine displays intense notes of yellow Ordal peach, mandarin, orange blossom and fennel, offset by zesty acidity and a crisp finish.ABV 12%