Agusti Torelló Mata
Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva Barrica 2017
Case of 6, individually boxed bottles.
New vintage on order - due in December.
Made from 100% Macabeo grapes, hand-picked from 30+ year old vines. The single plot - Pla dels Fidels - is in the littoral zone of the Garaf, at about 150m above sea level. The soils are predominantly gravel and caliche, and the high limestone content contributes minerality to the wine.
Forty percent of the wine was fermented and aged for 8 months in new French-oak (Tronçais) barrels, and the rest was fermented on the lees for a month in stainless steel tanks. The second fermentation took place in the bottle with a minimum of 30 months aging on the lees (to qualify as Gran Reserva). Bottles are disgorged individually (disgorgment date written on the back label), and only when required for market to ensure optimum condition of the finished wine. This bottling spent more than 5 years on the lees.
Bottled Brut Nature (no dosage) with 0.5g/L residual sugar. 12.0 alc./vol
Our Tasting Note: Pale straw-yellow colour, with very fine, persistent bubbles that evolve slowly in the glass to form a dense crown. Toasty aromas and flavours of fresh green apple, pear, and ripe citrus with spicy, nut and vanilla notes. Balanced, rich and creamy, with a long and elegant finish. Serve 6-8º celsius.
Pairing: Excellent on its own, and will pair well with grilled seafood, poultry, smoked foods (oysters), foie gras, rice dishes, Iberian ham, and semi-mature cheeses.