VILARNAU IS AN OLD WINEMAKING ESTATE IN THE PENEDÈS, A PRODUCER OF STILL WINES AND CAVA, WHICH TODAY BELONGS TO THE FAMILY OF BODEGAS GONZÁLEZ BYASS
Cava is the sparkling wine of Spain, and about 95% of its production comes from the Penedès region in Catalonia.
From Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the heart of Cava, Vilarnau produces its Cava Brut Reserva using the traditional champenoise method of double-fermentation and dresses its bottles with a colourful design inspired by the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí.
Vilarnau’s Cava Brut Reserva is made with 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada and 15% Xarel·lo grapes. The sugar content is 10 grams of sugar per litre and the cava is aged in stacks for at least 15 months, which refines the bubbles.
Beginning with appearance, the Vilarnau Brut Reserva is pale golden in colour with persistent, fine bubbles which provoke excitement. On the nose, it is very clean and fresh cava, medium intensity with extremely fruity aroma characteristics, especially of green apple, pear, citrus as well as floral notes.
Moving on to the palate, this Cava is crisp and has an acidity which gives balance as a whole. The Macabeu gives the fruit flavours of green apple, pear, lemon and even brings a delicate hint of fresh herbs. The Cava is smooth thanks to the Parellada and the Xarel·lo helps to create the interesting body and the long finish. There is also a mineral quality that contributes to a refreshing complexity, which means this cava pairs well with canapés, salty snacks, seafood or simply drunk as an aperitif by itself.
Address: Carretera d’Espiells km 1,4, Finca Can Petit, 08770 Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Barcelona
Phone number: +34 93 891 23 61
Vilarnau Brut Reserva
Type: Cava Brut Reserva, 11.5%
Grapes: 50% Macabeu; 35% Parellada; 15% Xarel·lo
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We recently went on an interesting tour, organised by Johan de Smedt of Valencia Wine Consulting & Tours, to the wine region of Utiel-Requena, situated at around 60 kilometres from Valencia, into the interior. It’s a small plateau of some 1800 km2 at an altitude of 600-900 meters – it’s dry, with short hot summers and very cold winters.
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