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.
After primary fermentation, the wine is aged in bottle on the lees for 9 months before disgorging.
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.
Garnacha (69%), Pinot Noir (17%), Trepat (14%).
Residual sugar/dosage = 8g/litre.
Pale cherry red in colour this Rosado has a generous stream of fine bubbles that form a crown. It has a fruity aroma with a slight ageing tone. This wine has a complex and fruity taste, sweet and with a good balance in the mouth.
ABV = 11.5%.
Mar de Frades embodies the deeply-rooted traditions of Val do Salnés, the birthplace of Albariño. Recognised as one of Spain’s leading female winemakers, native Gallaecian Paula Fandino crafts wines using 100% Albariño, which express distinct saline nuances, resulting from the vines’ location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
The eye-catching label has a thermo-sensitive logo, so that when the bottle is chilled to the appropriate serving temperature, a blue ship magically appears riding the waves on the bottle’s label.
This, just to be clear and to avoid confusion, is their sparkling Albariño, made using the traditional (Champagne) method.
For full winemakimg details and a tasting note for this wine please click the blue link below.
Golden yellow lemon colour. Fine, complex and expressive in the nose. At first, features of the bottle-ageing and a background aroma of sea water, eucalyptus and white fruits with a deep memory of Albariño. Background of toasted bread and almond husks. Full, tasty, creamy and fresh in the mouth. The hues reminding us of the grape variety reappear with a pleasant fresh finish in the mouth.
ABV = 12.0%.
Sassomoro Lambrusco di Modena Spumante DOC is produced by Azienda Agricola Castelvetro which is another name used by Cantina Cleto Chiarli at their Tenuta Cialdini estate.
Chiarli is the most ancient producer of typical wines from Emilia-Romagna. The Company was founded in 1860. Cleto Chiarli Tenute Agricole produces quality wines obtained from a selection of the best grapes, which are harvested from over 100 hectares (247 acres) of vineyards owned by Chiarli and from the most typical areas for the production of DOC wines in Emilia-Romagna.
The property is located in the heart of the Lambrusco di Grasparossa wine-growing region near the hills surrounding the village of Castelvetro in the Modena Province. The estate has 42 hectares out of a total of 71 hectares planted with vineyards.
The grapes for Sassomoro Lambrusco di Modena Spumante DOC are gently pneumatically pressed and left to cold macerate for 48 hours at 10 to 12 deg C. The juice is then racked off the skins and clarified before a slow fermentation at 18 deg C in cuves closes. This sealed environment forces some of the carbon dioxide (a natural by product of the alcoholic fermentation) to become trapped in the wine, creating the lightly sparkling character.
Residual sugar = 20g/litre (ie medium dry ... but not dry!).
Deep ruby red in colour with an aromatic nose, strongly reminiscent of fresh strawberries. The palate is richly soft, generously fruity and delightfully refreshing, offering ripe, concentrated red berry fruits such as cranberries, raspberries and strawberries, a fine, persistent mousse and a soft finish. Low acidity and very little tannin combine to create a deliciously fruit driven, thirst quenching wine.
ABV = 11.0%.