Hurdy Gurdy (2018)
Region – Girona, Spain
Grapes – Cabernet Franc 60%, Merlot 40%
Alcohol – 13%
Viticulture – Organic and Biodynamic
Suitable for vegans - Yes
Winemakers - Dido and Jurriaan
This charismatic young winemaker couple fell in love with winemaking and spent 4 years travelling around the world working for winemakers they loved. They then found 11 hectares with a tiny shack of a house and 9.5 hectares of vines and quite ambitiously crowdfunded enough money to buy it all plus some old winemaking equipment.
In their own words, every day they discover more and more about the land, the climate and terroirs in their new home. They are also in the process of converting their entire estate to biodynamic.
The vines are located within 15 mins drive from the Mediterranean and the sea influence here is strong. The salty sea breeze brings humidity whereas the gale force Tramuntana that funnels in from the Pyrenees is cool and dry. The soil here is a blend of slate and graphite.
For this wine 50% of the grapes are pressed in in stainless steel for 6 months, 50% in old oak for 4 months.