Total Production: 1600 bottles
Age of Vines: Sumoll 80 (Sumoll), 35 (Garnatxa)
Soil: Sumoll alluvial w/ slate & granite traces (rich in minerals, also has quartz). Garnatxa clay/calcare
Varieties: Sumoll (60%) and Garnacha (40%)
Vinification Method: As little intervention as possible (wild yeast, SO2 at bottling only). The fermentation temperature is established naturally and is normally low. The extraction process is slow and careful, and they drain by tasting, respecting vital cycles. Aged more than 30 months in used oak vats (10hl foudre) from France & Garbelloto (Eslavonian oak) for the Sumoll; in demi muid from Seguin Moreau & Dominique Laurent for Garnatxa; and at the moment in trial stage the use of amphora 3hl vats (10% total production).
Tasting Note: Notable for its balance. The nose is intense: kirsch aromas, clean, well-defined red fruit, accompanied by a subtle hint of balsam, flowers, and a suggestion of cacao and minerals. The taste starts straight, vertical and very crystalline: medium weight, warm, juicy and clean, with a firm but silky tannic structure. A long, voluptuous and fresh finish.
The Spanish estate of Els Jelipins was born from the desire to create a viticultural family project that would allow Glòria and her daughter Berta to live in the hills of Font Rubi near Barcelona, enjoying a life of moderation in which they could find personal enrichment in tandem with the forces of mother nature and appreciation of the simpler things in life. In 2001, this former engineer looked for the best plots of vineyards around Font Rubi, with special characteristics of soil, vine and climate. She found them in Penedès Superior. Glòria selects the grapes from various hillside vineyards cultivated without a single chemical or any other aggressive activity that disrupt natures natural flow. She carefully works each vineyard separately, adjusting to its individual needs and potential. She's in favour of achieving a fruit that can mature naturally and healthily without becoming trapped by a particular dogma or strict regime. If you try to ask Glòria about the name Els Jelipins, she will tell you that it's a name without meaning but a name with feeling that is magical and strong.