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Characteristics NELIN   2020
Type of wine:   white crianza
Appellation:   Priorat D.O.Q.
Origin of grapes:   5,8 hectares en 4 plots
Average production:   6.340 bottles
Distribution:   international and national
Grapes:   base white grenache and macabeo
Soil:   schist
Vinyard contours:   terraced mountain slopes between 350 and 500 meters in altitude
Ethanol:   14,5%
Titratable acidity:   5,6 g/l
Volatil acidity:   0,58 g/l
Total sulphur dioxide:   60 mg/l
Reducing sugars:   1,2 g/l
Type of bottle:   Bordeaux
Ageing NELIN   2020
Fermentation process:   oak barrels and wooden vats, with naturally occurring yeasts
Ageing process:   12 months in 1,200 l. vats and 6 months in stainless steel vats
Bottled:   June 2022
René Barbier Ferrer NELIN   2020

Nelin is the result of two parallel souls -the balance between the feminine and the masculine side in its youth culminating in the true expression of Priorat at its best.
A renowned Catalan journalist recently wrote: “Today, Catalunya is represented by some great chefs and by the wines of Priorat.
We were aware that it would be difficult to marry our rich, powerful red wines to some of the newer recipes so we hope that Nelin proves an ideal partner.
The Grenache is evocative of the parched hills on mineral slate where the spicy quince flavours are in evidence.
The Macabeu has adapted beautifully to our climate, planted close to small streams, which impart delicate orange flower aromas.
The Escanyavelles lends its solid structure to the wine and ensures a lengthy future to the wine due to its tannins and acidity. At the same time, this little stranger reminds us of the longstanding association of the Barbier family with France!
René Barbier Meyer NELIN   2020

Nelin is how our family interprets a Priorat white wine.
In Nelin we play with skins, inspired by the old «brisats»*, working with indigenous yeast, fermentations longer than 6 months, aging period of more than 15 months and using all kinds of materials, starting the first phase with woods, then followed by cement vats, clay pots and even some stainless steel in the end.
Lately we are very excited reintroducing unique autochthonous varieties such as the “trepat blanc” or the “cartoixà”.

(* Fermentations with skins)

2020 is a year of contrasts. A year with a very abundant rainfall at the beginning of the cycle, a gift for our land. It was also a year of learning with the appearance of less common diseases in our lands. We lost some blossom, but we worked hard until well into June. At the end of that month, there was a radical change in the weather, a dry and hot summer, but unlike other years, the plants did not suffer any stress and we were able to arrive at harvest time with grapes that easily reached good maturity. With all this we have achieved a pleasant, balanced wine. I hope you enjoy it.