Anima Mundi is a side-project from Agustí Torello Roca, winemaker for his family’s estate winery AT Roca in the Alt Penedès region of Catalonia. Agustí’s goal for this project is to show the true expression of grape and place through keen observation of the land. Anima Mundi is a theory of Plato’s, translating to “the soul of the world.” Much in the way that the soul is connected to the body, Agustí sees wine as a way for us to connect with the Earth. For these wines, Agustí works without any additions or interventions in the winery, and uses clay anfora, concrete and used French oak barrels for fermentations and aging. All fruit for this project comes from their certified organic estate vineyards, as Agustí believes that lively wines can only come from lively soils.
This Xarel-lo is from a single, north-facing vineyard named “Vinya del Boet Vell,” planted in 1978 in extremely calcareous soils on their property in Sant Sebastià dels Gorgs. This is a deeply textural white wine with savory fruit and minerality, not unlike a Grand Cru Chablis. Pair it with grilled or roasted fish and poultry, or your next sushi omakase dinner.