Ca N'Estruc is an old estate 165 metres up on the holy Montserrat mountain not far from Barcelona and close to the town of Esparreguera.
The 22 hectares of vineyards are farmed by Francesc Martí and lie in a particularly beneficial spot, sheltered and protected from cold northerlies by the mountain itself. It also enjoys cooler than average summers and mild winters with average annual temperatures evening out at a seemingly un-Spanish 14 degrees C. For this reason the vines are carefully aligned to maximise their exposure to the sun to help the grapes ripen fully in such a microclimate.
The vineyards are divided into plots and are harvested and vinified separately in a series of tank deliberately chosen for their relatively small size so that the individual parcels can be managed separately. Some wines see French oak and all are blended only once the wines are ready to bottle.
The fabulous Xarel-lo, a Catalonian native, is sourced from a single 2 ha vineyard of 30-40 year old vines, grown on poor clay and gravel soils, which have been retrained from traditional bush to trellising. The vineyard is called Vinya del Hort (which means 'vineyard at the vegetable garden' in Catalan). After hand harvesting individual parcels are fermented separately in temperature controlled stainless-steel tanks for 12 days, seeing no oak before being blended prior to bottling.