Extremarium Mont Marcal Cava Brut Reserva 2015
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The best known and finest sparkling wine of Spain is Cava, made by the Method Traditionelle and aged in bottle before release. Although Cava is not a region but a generic term (it relates to the cellar used for maturation), the bulk of production is centred on the Catalan town of San Sadurni de Noya. Here, the chalk strata provide a perfect environment for the Macabeo, Parellada, Xarel-lo and Chardonnay vines, used in the classic Cava blends, and the location for cool ageing cellars.
The estate is in the heart of the Penedes region, located on a prominent chalky knoll overlooking the village of Mont-Marcal. The estates origins go back to 1975 when Manuel Sancho purchased an 18th century convent and resurrected the vineyards, as well as the medieval passageways hued from the chalk beneath, the perfect site for ageing the wines.
Made by the `traditional method` of secondary fermentation in bottle and is a blend of Chardonnay, Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada. The Chardonnay is fermented in French oak barrels where it stays on its lees for 4 months, adding complexity to the wine. Bright pale yellow in colour with a classic toasty nose of vanilla and coconut with stone fruits and citrus aromas. The palate is well balanced with a creamy mousse and notes of white peach, toast and almonds.
A good aperitif or companion for seafood, pastas or paellas.
Gold medal at the 2016 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships organized by Tom Stevenson.