A Pel de Loxarel Negre
Natural wines are elaborated with hard work in the vineyards and minimal intervention in the cellar.
A Pel is a blend of Grenache and Merlot organic and biodynamic grown grapes. The Grenache are from altitude vineyards more than 500m above sea level, and Merlot from the Can Mayol state, at 250m above sea level.
Vinification is three months in oak barrels of 500lts and three months in clay amphora of 720lts.
Loxarel is the brand name of the 4th generation family owned estate which, under the vision of Josep Mitjans, converted to organic production in 2002 then biodynamic in 2005.
Highlighting their concern for the environment, labels take their names from Goddesses of earth and fertility in Greek and Roman mythology. The Loxarel range mixes modern experimentation with tradition; organic and bio-dynamic certified, all the wines are bottled unfiltered.
Dark red cherry colour, high-deep intensity. Opening up it appears a symphony of black fruit and dried fruit such as hazelnut and almond. Great freshness and intensity with marked but soft tannins where fruit taste prevails over oak.
Red and white meat with no added sauces. Poultry, especially partridge, and rice with meat.
About the Producer
Masia Can Mayol
Loxarel (Xarel-lo, their principal grape varietal re-arranged) is the brand name of the 4th generation family owned estate which, under the vision of Josep Mitjans, converted to organic production in 2002 then biodynamic in 2005.
The 50ha of vineyards, located high in the mountains (and including the highest is DO Penedes) are structured around environmentally friendly production not simply organic cultivation. For example, Loxarel carry out green pruning with a flock of 250 sheep and goats which eat the vine leaves without touching the fruit as, before they mature, the grapes are too astringent and unpalatable.