2015 Mont Marcal Cava Brut Reserva Extremarium
2015 Mont Marcal Cava Brut Reserva Extremarium 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.
Manuel Sancho’s 230-acre estate, “Finca Manlleu,” is located on a prominent chalky knoll five miles south of Vilafranca del Penedès overlooking the hamlet of Sant Marcal. One hundred acres are planted to Parellada, Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Chardonnay for white wines; Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for reds. The “Mont” provides 360-degree exposure, creating a wide variety of microclimates for maturation of the various varieties.
In 1975, Manuel Sancho purchased a neglected 19th-century convent, originally a 14th-century farmhouse, converting it to a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and initiating the restructuring of the vineyards. Recent excavation has expanded the CAVA aging and bottling capacity, at the same time revealing medieval underground passageways in the chalk which have been carefully preserved for additional bottle storage.
Intrinsic vineyard quality and careful handling of the grapes obtain a naturally-rich base wine in little need of dosage. Mont-Marcal Brut Reserva is produced from the indigenous white grapes, Parellada, Macabeo, Chardonnay and Xarel-lo, aged at least 24 months with the yeast, and disgorged on order for shipment.
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.