Cava Reserva Rose Mirgin Brut, Alta Alella, Alella, Spain 2015

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Family owned – premier estate in the Alella region – clean wines with a mineral edge

Alta Alella is the closet winery to the city of Barcelona, located 2 kilometres from the Mediterranean between the towns of Alella and Tiana. It is a family-run project that began more than twenty years ago with Josep Maria Pujol-Busquets and his wife Cristina Guillen, when they acquired the nineteenth-century estate Can Genis.

Alella is one of the smallest appellations in Spain yet it possesses a fascinating terroirs that the Alta Alella team have harnessed in their journey to being recognised as the premier estate in the region.

All the vines are planted on slopes and terraces overlooking the Mediterranean, between 100 and 250m above sea level. One of the key elements is the Sauló soil found throughout the vineyard. Particular to this region, Sauló is an acidic and sandy soil with a low limestone content, low organic matter and good natural water drainage – ideal for the production of clean wines with a mineral edge.

The estate is particularly well-known for their Cava production, and were recently included on the elite list of producers allowed to use the ‘Cava de Paraje Calificado’ classification for their single vineyard sparkling.

Based on the local indigenous grape variety Pansa Blanca (xarel-lo) and made using the traditional method, their ‘Mirgin Cava’ offers an insight as to the supreme quality on offer and it is easy to see why they have developed such a fantastic reputation.

Aged on its lees for a minimum of 15 months, the wine is released on the market immediately after being disgorged - with the disgorgement date stated on its label. Fine bubbles help to accentuate a nose of delicate white fruit aromas, backed up by citrus and green almond notes. On the palate, fresh white fruit flavours dominate, balanced by toast & pastry elements that develop following lees ageing.

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