La Fou – Els Amelers – DO Terra Alta
Pale yellow and with a rich aromatic expression, in which the citrus and floral notes give way to nuances of ripe fruit and tender almond. In the mouth, it has a generous structure and a lively acidity, with a long finish.
This wine is a pioneer in the style of White Garnacha, thanks to several processes which are carried out to extract the best qualities from each vineyard.
In the youngest vineyards, LaFou harvests its grapes earlier to enhance acidity and get the best out of the primary fruit. The oldest vineyards are harvested when the fruit is at an advanced stage of ripeness.
The grapes are taken to the winery and refrigerated immediately at 5ºC. The grapes then follow a linear process: they are placed in stainless-steel tanks to develop a young and lively core, then they are moved to concrete egg vats to enhance volume, acidity and pure varietal expressivity, while 10% of the wine is aged in oak barrels to enhance structure, elegance and the wine’s longevity.
Fermentation and aging for 6 months on lees in concrete egg vats and stainless steel tanks. 10% of the wine is aged in 300L oak barrels.
The name of the wine “Els Amelers” honors the almond trees that live alongside the vines in the vineyards in the Terra Alta region.
FOU (ravine) // Narrow pass // Gorge or narrow pass where a stream or rainfall course opens up. Characteristic of the landscape of the Terra Alta area.
LAFOU Celler was founded in 2007 with a desire to produce wines that reflect the greatness of the Garnacha variety and a wine region as extraordinary as the Terra Alta.
The landscape, the vineyard terraces and the gorges make this an ideal place for this variety to express its true greatness.
It was Ramon Roqueta Segalés – who comes from a family with a long wine-making tradition that dates back to the 12th century – who undertook this personal project at LAFOU.
While studying oenology in France, Ramon was seduced by the Garnacha variety, by its expression and its elegance. It was then that he began to consider the idea of developing a project based on this variety, and he began by looking for the territory where this variety best expresses itself.
Ramon was captivated by the region of Terra Alta due its style of Garnacha; its freshness, its genuineness and its authenticity. Terra Alta possesses a long tradition in winemaking, a characteristic landscape of valleys and gorges, and an authenticity and belief in tradition.
Since LAFOU Celler was founded, it has aimed to express the values and identity of the territory and the Garnacha variety, and its strives to combine respect for tradition with a vocation for innovation and modernization.