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Raventos i Blanc L'Hereu Brut Cava 2009 Raventos i Blanc L'Hereu Brut Cava 2009

I don't like Cava - full stop. Or so I thought until I tasted the wines of Raventos i Blanc. To say they were a revelation would be an understatement. This is unmistakably Cava, but with a depth complexity and finesse that I've never seen in a Spanish sparkler. Just simply outstanding!

The soil on the estate is calcareous and dates from the oldest period of the Penedès valley, some 16 million years ago, when it was still covered by the Mediterranean. The River Anoia has carved out its course, this being the only area of the Penedès region where these soils replete with tropical marine fossils have surfaced.

The vineyards of la Plana, facing north-north-east. Deep calcareous soils of fluvial and lacustrine origin from the Quaternary period, with a clay-rich loamy texture.

Growth vigour is controlled by spontaneous plant cover. The espalier-trained Xarel·lo vines were planted in 1986 and espalier-trained Macabeo vines in 1990 and 2000.

El Viader is a plot with a south-easterly orientation. Deep calcareous soils formed in the Quaternary period, with a sand-rich loamy texture over molasse, low in organic matter. Goblet-trained Parellada vines, planted in 1971, give the wine freshness and elegance.

Some grapes were sourced from selected plots of other grape-growers. These plots lie along Conca del riu Anoia, in the eastern part of the Penedès region. The soil is calcareous, of fluvial and lacustrine origin from the Quaternary period, with varying textures. These vines are over 40 years old with a balance of the traditional varieties: Macabeo, Xarel·lo and Parellada.

45% Macabeo, 35% Xarel-lo, 20% Parellada

The grapes are harvested by hand and rapidly delivered to the winery, where they are processed via a gravity flow system. At each stage of the production process the atmosphere is controlled by dry ice.

Assemblage is followed by bottle fermentation and ageing on the lees for at least 15 months in the neck-down position.

The Raventos i Blanc L' Hereu Brut Cava is is bright and lively with fruity aromas of lemon and green apple and more complex notes of fresh baked bread. The palate is well structured with tiny bubbles that dance across the palate. This is an ideal Cava to serve by the glass.

CLOSURE:    Natural Cork

ALCOHOL:    12% (9 units of alcohol)

Per Bottle 14.99


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