Monday, November 19, 2012

Very well placed in the 2013 Guía Peñín

The results of the 2013 Guía Peñín have already been published and we have obtained some excellent results.
Our average score has increased over last year’s results... no less than 11 wines with a score of between 90 and 93 points, which has placed us in the ranking as the best wine cellar in the DO Penedès, the second best in Catalonia and amongst the top 11 in the whole of Spain.

Reserva Martí 2007 and Belat 2008 with 93 points are the cellar’s most emblematic wines. Reserva Martí consolidates its recognised, long-standing quality (26 Gold medals, 18 Silver and 9 Bronze, accumulated over 18 years), which we enjoy year after year, and the Belat, for the confirmation of its success, that of an old variety that offers us a unique wine that is smooth, spicy, elegant and with great staying potential.

Our two varietal wines in the Collection have not been left behind, the Syrah and the Chardonnay, which express character in their varieties in the purest and most refined state.

These are the results: POINTS (and Price-Quality ratio *)
93
Reserva Martí 2007
Belat 2008

92
Syrah Col·lecció 2008 - ***
Chardonnay Col·lecció 2011 - ***

91
La Milana 2006
El Blanc XXV 2011
Cava Brut 21 Barrica

90
Lignum Blanc 2011 - * * * * *
Lignum Negre 2010 - * * * * *
Xarel·lo Clàssic 2011 - * * * * *
Tempranillo Clàssic 2011 - * * * * *
3 Macabeus 2011 - * * * * *
Cava Brut 21 - * * *
Cava Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2008 - * * * *

89
El Fanio 2011 - * * *

88
Petit Albet Blanc 2011 - * * * * *
Pinot Noir/Merlot Clàssic 2011 - * * * *
Cava Dolç de Postres - * * *
Cava Brut Rosat Pinot Noir Cava Brut Reserva - * * *

87
Dolç Adrià 2007
Cava Brut Petit Albet - * * * *

In addition to the good scores received, 6 of our wines and cavas have been qualified as excellent in their Price-Quality ratio, one of the most important factors, and one most valued by buyers and consumers nowadays.



These results are the fruit of a long, intense period, over 34 years, in which we have delved into ecological and biodynamic vine cultivation techniques in our effort to better adapt the extraordinary lands of the Costers d'Ordal region, and also thanks to the extraordinary care and meticulousness in elaborating our wines, recovering old techniques that sometimes bring back forgotten aromas and flavours or by implementing new techniques that help to perfect the elegance.

Monday, November 12, 2012

NOSODOS +, two new Penedès wines elaborated and bottled without adding sulphites ... the most natural ones in our cellar

Firstly, NOSODOS + Xarel.lo 2012, a youngPenedès wine, fresh and expressive, made with theXarel.lo variety. It comes from a small vineyard planted over 12 years ago in one of the most interesting areas inCosters del Ordal. The estate is made up of three terraces at 400m above sea level with extremely calcareous soil that brings out the best in the Xarel.lo variety, offering freshness and a great concentration of white and citric fruit aromas.

Its partner, the sparkling Brut Natural from the 2011 vintage, which has the same name as the wine, NOSODOS +, is made with a 100% Xarel.lowine base and, following the traditional method, after the second fermentation in the bottle, it ages with its lees for one year.In this case the Xarel.locomes from the Can Milà de la Roca estate, which is also located inCosters del Ordal region. This vineyard, one of the most beautiful on the estate given the layout of its terraces, is ideal for extracting a high quality wine with a great aromatic concentration thanks to its low output, its chalky soil that is poor in organic material and the application of biodynamic cultivation techniques.

This elegant and seductive sparkling wine from Penedès.The bubble is delicate and persistent, letting us enjoy a wide range of ripe white fruits with a perfect balance between acidic freshness and a very complex subtleness in the mouth.

Once again we have chosen the top variety amongst the Penedès whites, the Xarel.lo. Our passion to transmit all that typifies thePenedès region means that this variety is a must when elaborating our wines.

Achieving two great whites, made without adding sulphites, is not just a case of working the vineyard ecologically and having harvested and chosen the grapes by hand before starting the wine-making process.It is also essential to work carefully throughout the whole elaboration process, maintaining high levels of hygiene and asepsis in order to avoid any possible contact with the air and therefore avoid quick oxidisation.

The fact that they are natural and, in order to enjoy their maximum expression, we recommend consuming this wine within six months after it has been bottled, whilst the sparkling wine will offer its maximum splendour during the six months after disgorging.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Albet i Noya and Mas Igneus receive the maximum accolade in the Vinum Nature 2012 awards, the Golden Leaf

Albet i Noya’s (DO Penedès) Pinot Noir-Merlot Clàssic 2011 and Mas Igneus (DOQ Priorat) celler’s FA112 2008 have received the Golden Leaf, the highest accolade awarded byVinum Nature 2012, which is annually organised by Ecomundis, one of the most renowned companies specialising in sustainable management and communication.

After blind tasting 650 wines, which was the basis to classify the ecological Spanish wines for the Vinum Nature 2013 Guide, only fifteen have reached the maximum category and have received the “Golden Leaf” award: “excellent quality ecological wine”.

The award ceremony took place yesterday during the closing act of the EcoSostenibleWine conference, which was held inVilafranca del Penedès and in which there were debates about adapting the current ecological production systems within the scenario that climatic change poses, especially regarding the adaptation and sustainability of vineyards and wine in the immediate future. A subject of great interest for the wine-producing sector and also for the consumer, and that is why we actively participate in it.

We were one of the forum sponsors and Josep Maria Albet was also one of the speakers at the round table that debated themes related to the market and eco-sustainability.


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