Pere Mata L’Ensamblatge Gran Reserva Cava 2016
A very complex Cava. Quite rich with floral, stone and yeast all very present. The texture is beautiful – very fine and delicate despite the weight of the wine. All three varieties are co-fermented, thus exemplifying the voice of his vineyard as a whole.
VARIETIES: 50% Xarello – 25% Macabeu – 25% Parellada
CLASSIFICATION: Cava Gran Reserva DO
VINEYARD SOILS: Slate, quartz, and anthracite
WINEMAKING: Primary in Stainless Steel. Bottles filled for Secondary in January 2010. Secondary in bottle.
DOSAGE: 0 g/L
The work is all organic and by hand. Pere only uses the classic grape varieties of Xarello, Macabeu and Parellada, as he feels that these are the grapes most suited to the task of speaking the terroir of Cava. The wines all spend at least 2 years on lees and some over 4 years. All of the wines are vintage dated and all have disgorgement dates listed on the back labels.
The quality and transparency of these sparkling wines inevitably brings up Champagne– but Pere is not attempting to make Champagne. He is making Cava with a level of dedication and craftsmanship that is usually associated with the world’s greatest sparkling wine. The results are inspiring.