Gallina de Piel...wines born at El Bulli
Gallina de Piel is an exciting winemaking project from David Seijas, the former Head Sommelier at three-Michelin-starred restaurant El Bulli, and Ferran Centelles, another El Bulli alumnus and the current Spanish Wine Writer for JancisRobinson.com. This highly acclaimed Spanish duo’s aim is to create versatile wines from Spain’s gastronomic northern regions: Catalonia, Aragon and Galicia. They work with local growers, selecting the best vineyards and indigenous grape varieties to create wines with an emphasis on elegance and freshness.
‘Ikigall’ is an aromatic, organic white blend of Xarel-lo (85%), Malvasia de Sitges (10%) and Muscat (5%) from Penedès. It is fermented in stainless steel and spends four months on fine lees. This is a fragrant wine with subtle orange blossom and fennel accents, offset by a crisp, saline palate.
‘Mimetic’ comes from 40 to 80-year-old Garnacha vines grown on deep red clay soils with large surface pebbles in Aragon’s Calatayud appellation. This arid, desert landscape sits at 750-1,000m above sea level. The hot continental climate here is tempered by cool nights which help to retain a refreshing acidity in the grapes. The wine is aged in concrete for six months. It is a bright, juicy Garnacha with lively freshness.
‘Roca del Crit’, which means ‘the screaming rock’, is a nod to the small, hidden cliff behind El Bulli where the sommeliers would go to let off steam after a hard day’s shift. This wine is a blend of 50% Garnacha and 50% Cariñena from two areas in the Empordà appellation on the Spanish/French border. The Garnacha comes from the rugged, coastal Cap de Creus where it grows on predominately granite soils. The 85-year-old Cariñena vines are grown on the mountainous slate soils of Rabós further inland. The Garnacha is fermented in stainless steel, while the Cariñena spends 10 months in 500 litre second and third use barrels. It displays bright red and black cherry, blackberry and herbal inflections with a gentle balance of spice from the oak.