Cal Tiques is a relatively small family-owned winery near Vilafranca del Penedes, the capital of the comarca of the Alt Penedès in Catalonia. Joan Rubio started his own project with his wife Angels in 2015 after having been the technical director at the famous Cava house of Recaredo. Using old family fields he strictly applies the principles of organic and biodynamic agriculture; minimum intervention of the soil and spontaneous vegetable cover.
His award-winning wines are obtained from free-run juice, without pressing, slowly vinified and macerated with their skins. Also worth noting that there is no intervention of any enological product during his elaboration process. A mix of stainless steel, oak, and ceramic vessels is used to obtain varying flavors. Resulting in an artistic expression of Xarello.
Tiques is a 100% Xarello with intense floral aromas and a vibrant silky, mineral, deep mouthfeel, and a long finish. Delicate wine with salty finish reflecting its proximity to the Mediterranean.
Vinification After manual selection of the grapes, both in the vineyard and on the selection table, the grapes are separated from the stems and, without pressing, so with their skins, a maceration process of 7 days in stainless steel vessels takes place. The juice is then separated from the cap and spends 4 months in a ceramic vessel to complete the alcoholic fermentation. No sulfites added.