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Region: Penedes < Spain
Grapes: Xarel-lo, Macabeu Ancestral
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic farming, white clay/limestone/flint soils, 50 year-old vines, zero added SO2; 300 cases; 12.5% ABV
Winemaker: Toni Carbó
Four viticulture and enology students got together in 2006 to start Mas Candi to make wines from their families’ vineyards, focusing on indigenous Catalan varieties. Xarel-lo is the lead grape in Cava, Spain's sparkling wine, and rarely is bottled on its own. For this bottling, the juice from 52 year-old vines spends a day with its skin to pick up texture before spending 7 months with its lees in stainless steel, helping it mellow and round out before bottling. Desig is a fresh breezy, mineral bomb, with earthy tones, grapefruit peel and pronounced salinity. A most excellent pool wine.