Naturalis Mer Garnatxa Blanca, Celler Batea 2019 (Terra Alta, Spain)
Batea is a small community in the hills of Terra Alta, west of Tarragona, where the local co-op has been farming without chemicals since the 50s. They grow a number of familiar local grapes, but they specialize in Garnatxa Blanca. Judith Folch has been running the cellar since 2009 and works as naturally as possible. This wine comes from a selection of younger vines, hand harvested and fermented with native yeast, then aged for four months in steel before getting bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfur added. Ripe and round with apple and fennel notes and a lifted lemony finish.