The Perelada estate, an impressive fortress and palace that was previously owned by the Counts of Pereleda and a Carmelite monastery, was purchased in 1923 by Miguel Mateu, an active political and cultural ambassador of the time. Don Miguel revitalized the wine producing tradition of the estate records showed that there where vineyards planted in the Medieval period. He turned the estate into his own private cultural centre, building up the collections which would become the Castle museum which is today open to the public.
A blend of the three traditional Cava making grapes: Parellada (35%), Xarel·lo (45%), Macabeo (30%).
After primary fermentation, the wine is aged in bottle on the lees for 15 months before disgorging. Brilliant pale yellow colour with a generous stream of fine bubbles. The nose is clean and fruity with light yeasty notes from ageing. It is pleasantly bone dry, with a round and refreshing mouthfeel and nice flavour complexity.
See the link below for full details of the wine, in Parelada's own data sheet.
This is a fine Cava, and that offers markedly better quality than its price might indicate.
ABV = 11.5%.
The 2007 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2019 edition panel tasting of global Blanc de Blancs sparklings (see blue link below).
For almost a century, Recaredo has maintained a firm commitment to produce terroir wines that reflect the landscapes of the Alt Penedès (Barcelona) as honestly and transparently as possible. They make only vintage Brut Nature Cavas with a distinctive character marked by long ageing. Recaredo's wines are both organic and biodynamic; they let plant cover grow spontaneously between the vines. This cover crop plays a crucial role, fostering biodiversity, loosening the soil, and regulating water retention and drainage (essential in the dry farming system practised).
"As grape growers and winemakers, we’ve specialised in long-aged Brut Nature sparkling wines, entering into a tacit agreement with the land and tradition, a pact under which we seek to articulate truly honest stories, to express the distinctive features of the landscape through wines, vintage after vintage."
This wine is made using 36% Xarel·lo, 64% Macabeo.
To see an excellent and informative technical sheet and tasting note for this wine, produced by the team at Recaredo, please click on the blue link below.
ABV = 12.0%.