â€œ70 kilometers outside the city of Barcelona is Alt Penedes, a region long renowned for its Catalan wines. In the village of Torrelles de Foix is a plot of grape-growing land known as Terrer de Sapera. From this land comes the new wine on the block, a merlot called Merula. The name Merula translates to blackbird in Latinâ€”mirlo, also the source of the name of the merlot grape, whose deep wines are said to resemble the color of blackbird feathers.
We designed the label, capsule, and a six-bottle case for Merula. As itâ€™s a new winery producing a grape not typical in Alt Penedes, we opted for a non-traditional approach. Building on the name Merula, we worked with illustrator Miguel OrdoÃ±ez to create friendly blackbird.â€
Oh, and about the wine itself? Baseâ€™s sommelier notes an intense and bright cherry color, forward aromas of raspberry, and spice; and round, intense, fruit.
The Torrelles de Foix winery is run by DG Viticultors, previously known primarily as a producer of a late-harvest white desert wine. So Merula doesnâ€™t get lonely, they will soon add a dry white wine.