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Cartoixa Vermell (Red Xarel-lo)
Varietal origin: Xarel-lo Vermell is believed to have originated as a mutation of the white grape variety Xarel-lo, which is one of the three traditional grape varieties used in the production of Cava, a sparkling wine from the Penedès region in Spain. The mutation results in a red-skinned version of the grape, which is relatively rare and unique.
Typical taste profiles: Xarel-lo Vermell wines are known for their distinctive pink to light red color and refreshing taste profile. They typically exhibit aromas of red fruits, floral notes, and citrus, with a crisp and vibrant acidity. Xarel-lo Vermell wines are often described as fresh, lively, and well-balanced, with a medium body and moderate alcohol levels.
Regional styles: Xarel-lo Vermell is typically used to produce still rosé wines, although there are also some examples of sparkling rosé wines made from this grape variety. The wines are typically vinified using stainless steel or neutral oak to preserve the natural flavors and freshness of the grape. Xarel-lo Vermell is also sometimes blended with other local grape varieties, such as Garnacha or Merlot, to add complexity and structure to the wines