'Sus Scrofa' translates to 'Wild boar' in Latin, and is the emblem (and unofficial mascot) of Celler Pardas. This is a wine that pays homage to the feisty boars who call the hills of the Alt Penedès home. A youthful, easy-drinking expression of the local Sumoll grape that's vibrant and juicy, and as characterful and fun as the boar on its label.
The young-vine Sumoll 2021 Sus Scrofa was produced with grapes from three vineyards they planted in 1999, 2001 and 2014, selected from old vines throughout Cataluña. It fermented with 50% full clusters and matured in concrete for six months. It has only 11% alcohol and a low pH of 3.3. This is young, unoaked and fruit-driven, floral and very expressive. In the old times, there were up to 8,000 hectares of Sumoll in Penedès, but a lot was uprooted and used for homemade wine. Thankfully, the variety is coming back, as it has a lot of potential. They started in 2008 when the grape was admitted by the appellation of origin Penedès, and the idea is to show the naked variety. It's a refreshing wine, balanced, medium-bodied. The variety can have some rusticity with firm and dusty tannins. It finishes dry. 29,000 bottles produced.
Drink Date: 2022-2026
Celler Pardas is part of the new generation of producers in Catalonia, focussing on local grapes such as Xarel.lo, Macabeo and Sumoll. The project began in 1996 when local winegrowers Ramón Parera and Jordi Arnan bought the Can Comas estate high in the Penedés. This stunning, medieval farmhouse was surrounded by 60 hectares of forest, pasture and shrubland, cut through by the Bitlles River. This unique terroir instantly jumped out at them, and they set to work clearing the area and started planting vines.Their focus is on preserving the balance and health of their land. They farm organically without irrigation, aiming to always work with nature and not against it. It was a labour of love, taking until the 2004 vintage for their wines to be ready for the public to enjoy too. We think it was well worth waiting for such authentic and delicious wines which speak unashamedly of their origin. These are fabulous wines from a resolutely quality-focused producer.
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