Jordi Llorens Eng
Jordi Llorens’ winery is situated in the small village of Blancafort, protected by the Conca de Barbera hills, about 35 km inland from the coast. He has 15 ha of vineyards but most of his grapes he sells to local producers. The grapes for his own production come from the winery’s best vineyards, the rows of which are planted to form a natural amphitheater. Llorens has made finely tuned, almost weightless but balanced wine from exceptional limestone soils since 2008 when this likable Catalan released his first vintage.
Jordi is the 8th generation of vintners in his family. The vineyards he manages are mostly cultivated with Macabeu, Parellada, Garnatxa, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grape varieties. The area has a Mediterranean climate though temperatures do go lower than normal since the vineyards are situated at an elevation of 400-600 meters. The wines are made with biodynamic principles and no sulphur or other additives are used. The winery’s own annual production is a tiny 8000 bottles.
The Brutal Wine Corporation is business of about a dozen Spanish and Southern-French natural wine producers where each one makes their own wine with the Brutal label. Llores’ Brutal is a “traditional Catalan way of making red wine”, i.e. with a splash of white wine mixed in.