This is a cracking little Rose-style Cava from Raventos, and such a lovely alternative to the usual sparkling Rose options. Made mostly from Spanish native varieties, Monastrell (Mourvedre or Mataro to us) gives it the deep rose colour, and it displays lovely, bright aromas of red berries, cherries and turkish delight on the nose. The palate is delicate and a little bit sweet, with more red fruited flavours, crunchy acidity, and a fine, talcy finish complete with cleansing bubbles. A lovely bubbly that is bound to please.
Cava production is ‘methode champenoise’, called ‘metodo tradicional’ in Spain. Typically, only white grapes are used. Chardonnay is making inroads, but the traditional white varieties of the region predominate: Macabeo (macca-bow), picked earliest, growing best near the coast; Xarel.lo (char-rell-low) from the Penedes depression, and Parellada (pa-rey-yada) from the pre- coastal mountain range. Malo is rarely affected, due to the relative warmth of Penedes.
D.O. Cava is a curious wine region, as it is, technically, non-geographic. Mostly, Cava is produced in the wine region of Penedès, an hour south of Barcelona, and just inland from the coast. Although nearly all sparkling Cava is produced here, there are small productions licensed in other areas, and thus Cava is a D.O. which limits itself to concerns about how, not where, Cava is grown and made. That said, you may well go your whole life without tasting a non-Penedès Cava.
Cava comes in 3 main price/style bands. At the entry level, the best are delightfully simple, easy-to-drink apple-fresh + earth bubblers, and startling value. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some creatively expensive ‘Champagne’-styled wines with great depth and richness from long lees ageing, and in-between, a very, very good value spectrum where apple-earth-fresh meets yeasty leesy richness in a unique between-world.
The Raventós family have a distinguished history, as a family and as wine producers—the 90ha property has been in the family since 1659 - in fact they can legitimately claim to have originated an entire D.O!
Tasting Notes: Lightly boozed strawberries, gently perfumed without excess. Nice false sweetness on entry—yet off-dry and juicy, with high quality delicate bubbles. 55% Macabeo/20% Xarel-lo /20% Parellada/5% Monastrell.