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Agustí Torelló Mata
Cava Kripta DO Gran Reserva
Spain, Penedes, Cava
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Agustí Torelló Mata
Cava Kripta DO Gran Reserva
2008
Sparkling Wine

Region/Appellation: Spain, Penedes, Cava
Grape: Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo
Style: Sparkling



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Description

Kripta was created in 1979 by Agustí Torelló Mata.

Winemaking Process: Using modern oxidation-free pneumatic presses, with a gentle pressing they extract the best part of the grape must. Each vineyard is vinified separately in small tanks to personalize each coupage. The selection of their own autochthonous yeasts, selected over a period of 40 years, creates the lees that add complexity and character to each bottle of Cava.

Bottling takes place in the coldest months of January and February, where lower temperatures create the minimum amount of froth. The second fermentation in the bottle takes place slowly and under optimum conditions of darkness, humidity and low temperatures. For Kripta, secondary fermentation is for eight years, about the same amount of time as some of champagne’s great marques.

With disgorgement, the “mother yeast” is removed from each bottle, the ageing process comes to an end and the Cava is ready for release. As a Brut Nature cava, Kripta has no added sugar, the signature of a perfectly balanced cava. A blend of classic Cava grape varieties: Macabeo (45%), Xarel-lo (23%), and Parellada (32%)

Bottles are numbered and come in a specially-design gift box -- perfect for gift giving and employee incentive programs.

Label designed by Rafael Bartolozzi.

Alcohol Content: 11.5% alc./vol.

Tasting Note

Tasting Note: Pale lemon colour and a fine, persistent mousse. A clean and crisp bouquet reminiscent of brioche, vanilla, hazelnuts, citrus, and ripe fruits – pear and yellow apple. Very elegant and delicate with a lingering, clean finish.

Serving Method: The ideal serving temperature is 7ºC. Chill the bottle slowly, ideally in a bucket of ice and water. Ensure the glass is smooth, fluted and no more than 2/3 full.

About the Grape

Macabeo: Northern Spain's most planted white-wine grape -- it is one of the three traditional grapes in the Cava blend -- it can also be found in southern France. It contributes distinctly floral aromas to the blend, and is relatively low in acidity unless picked early (like Chardonnay).

Parellada: One of the three grapes (with Macabeo and Xarel-lo) that make up the blend of Spain's famous sparkling wine, Cava. The least planted of the three, it contributes fresh acidity and delicate fruit notes. It is also made in to dry, aromatic-style white wine.

Xarel-lo: It's not the last grape name alphabetically speaking (Zweigelt is), it's not even the only wine grape that starts with "X" (actually there are 3), but it is an important part of the famous Spanish sparkling wine called Cava. And in case you are wondering it's pronounced chah-REHL-loh.

Growers like it for its vigour, and its contribution to the Cava blend is acidity and certain distinguishing aromas -- stone fruit (apricots), wildflower, almond, and cut grass, in particular.

Agustí Torelló Mata

In the heart of the Penedes, near the town of Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Agustí Torelló Mata produces a range of high quality Cava (Spanish sparkling wine), featured on the wine lists of many of Spain’s celebrated restaurants. One of their most notable achievements Cava Kripta, unique for its extended ageing and handmade amphora-shaped bottle.

Agustí Torelló Mata is family owned and run; each of the four Torelló siblings has an active role in the business.

While there is movement to use the more fashionable higher-producing grapes like the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Cava blend, Agustí Torelló stands firmly with tradition and flavour, by using only Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada, and Trepat (for the Cava rosé). The production is very limited due, among other things, to the age of their vines.

Every bottle of their Cava includes the date of disgorgement, the guarantee that every bottle of Cava is in optimum condition on the market and when consumed by customers.

Address:
Agustí Torelló Mata
La Serra s/n (Camino de Ribalta)
Apartado de correos, 35
C.P. 08770 Sant Sadurní d’Anoia
Barcelona, Espana

Phone number: +938911173

Email: info@agustitorellomata.com

Website: http://www.agustitorellomata.com/

Visits: Yes, but an appointment is recommended.

This unique Cava has been described by Michel Bettane, an influential wine critic in France, as a sparkling wine comparable to the very best champagnes: “Wonderful and delicate walnut aromas, refined texture and bubbles, very seducing finish. The perfection of Cava or almost, and a wine that shall surprise many people.” He recently gave it 18/20 points, the highest for that tasting, and included Kripta in his book of “The Best 100 Wines of the World” along with 4 other sparkling wines (all Champagne).

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