Alta Alella Mirgin Opus Cava Brut Nature 2013
“One of only 12 wines awarded Spain new highest classification for Cava. Seductive organic blend of Chardonnay and Pansa Blanca”.
‘Cava de Paraje Calificado’ is Spains newest, and most premium classification for Cava. To date only 12 cava’s, from 9 producers, have qualified. Vines must be at least 10 years old, with lower yields, and all wines must be brut, extra brut or brut nature, and bottle-aged on the lees for at least 36 months.
There is also a requisite for full traceability, meaning all CPC vineyards must be owned or contracted on a long-term basis by the wineries.
If all of these criteria are met, the wines are then tasted blind by a panel made up of a majority of ‘outsiders’ – wine judges and experts who aren’t Cava producers themselves. Winemakers also have to explain to the judging panel what makes their vineyard a unique terroir.
Only 3,000 bottles a year produced. A step up the quality ladder from our other two Laietà Cava’s. This is a blend of Chardonnay and Pansa Blanca, like the Brut Reserva, however here the wine has spent 4 years on the lees and the Chardonnay component was fermented in second-fill French oak. The result is a more complex wine with Champagne-esque biscuit and yeasty flavours. The wine spends a minimum 36 months bottle aging and disgorgement is done only upon orders being received, resulting in incredible freshness of product. One should never judge a wine by its packaging, however in this case one can’t help but note how striking the bottle is in black and gold.