Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our sparkling wines are now Clàssic Penedès

On the 1st of July the modifications to the standards that govern, as of now, DO Penedès sparkling wines, was approved. 

In the D.O.Penedès Ordinary Plenary Session it was decided that name that the name of the sparkling wines from this denomination of origin would be Clàssic Penedès, a name that was chosen from other options like Quirat, Saüm, etc.

Amongst the standards, it was also specified that it would be obligatory for all Clàssic Penedès wines to be elaborated with grapes coming from ecological agriculture. The elaboration process will be carried out following the traditional method in the bottle and later aging for a minimum period of 15 months. Therefore, all the Clàssic Penedès will be ecological from the 2017 harvest onwards.

This statement makes it the first D.O. that takes one of its different categories as its basis, ecological agriculture, placing emphasis on respecting the environment. From all the current production within DO Penedès, about 55% is done under the ecological production standards and over 1⁄3 of the cellars in Penedès have the ecological seal.

Our sparkling wines are already protected under this definition, maintaining the top quality of the sparkling wines they are characterized by but which are now defined as Clàssic Penedès.

Many of our Clàssic Penedès have already been awarded this year, above all the ones with most vintage, like: Gold for Brut Barrica 21, Reserva 3, from 2007 in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 and also in the 48th Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with time spent in the barrel after 3 years aging in the bottle, which gives it more caramelised and more quince aromas.

With a very fine and elegant bubble. Gold and silver for Brut Nature Reserva 3, 2010, in the Giroví 2014 Competition and the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014, respectively. In this case the coupage is more traditional with Xarel.lo, Macabeo, Parellada and Chardonnay, and on the nose it acquires, with aging, confectionery aromas. And, not less importantly, the recent Silver Medall for Brut 21 Reserva 2011, obtained at Ecovino 2014. Brut 21 is a coupage elaborated from Chardonnay and Parellada.

We can therefore ensure that Clàssic Penedès wines from our cellar will be greatly accepted for being elaborated with ecological grapes and also for their top quality, which is what we at Albet i Noya constantly work for.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

5 Silver Medals in the Ecoracimos and Ecovino Ecological Wine Competitions

Ecoracimo 2014 (Cordoba ) and Ecovino 2014 ( Rioja ) are the two ecological wine competitions that carry most weight within the Iberian Peninsula, and they have awarded us with a total of 5 silver medals

At the beginning of June the XV edition of the Ecoracimo Competition was held in the Cordoba Regional Council’s central offices. It is the one with most tradition in Spain. A total of 81 reference samples were presented, all aiming to become part of the best ecological wines in the State. And we couldn’t be left out from the winning wines that represent the quality wines made in the Penedès, obtaining two silver medals: Belat 2009 and Syrah 2009. During the event, Mr Francisco Casero Rodríguez, president of Ecovalia, stated that the samples were a clear representation of the quality of the wines made in the near 560 cellars that make wine through ecological agriculture in Spain.

Belat 2009 is a single varietal wine, very special and spicy, made with a variety that has been recovered and re-planted and to which we have given the same name as the wine it produces. This name comes from the fact that the variety was covered by the veil of time, so it was veiled, but the cellar allowed itself the poetic licence of changing the V (Velado, in Catalan velat) to B, and therefore Belat has the same letters as Albet, but in a different order. This wine ages in French oak barrels for between 13 and 16 months to achieve the elegance and complexity that makes it so singular, highlighted by the aromatic notes of pipe tobacco and bay leaf and its freshness and fineness in the mouth.
The Syrah Col·lecció is a wine made from 100% syrah variety, on the nose it is very characteristic of this variety with eucalyptus and minty notes and very fine tannins. This variety reaches its utmost expression in the vineyard we have on the “Can Simon” estate, near the village of Canaletes within the region of “Conca del Río Anoia”. Once elaborated, it is aged in new French oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation takes place, which will give it this smoother and rounder style, in line with the most expressive wines in this variety.

Furthermore, in the V edition of the Ecovino event, which awards the best ecological wines in Spain, we obtained 3 silver medals, for three of the classics, one for the white Xarel·lo Clàssic 2013, another for Pinot Noir-Merlot Clàssic 2013 and the last one for Espumoso del Penedés Brut 21, 2011.

The event took place on the 16th of June in the experimental cellar in DOC Rioja called “La Granjera” and, a later on, on the 19th was an open tasting session of the participating wines. The competition focuses on awarding and promoting the qualities of wines coming from ecological agriculture by analysing, with a of June in the Rioja Cultural Centre in Logroño, there professional jury made up of producers and gastronomy professionals, the samples presented in a blind tasting test in order to make their evaluations and rate the wines, up to a maximum of 100 points, where only the best in each category are awarded. A total of 145 wines from 57 cellars were entered this year, amongst which we would highlight our wines, as Albet i Noya was the most awarded Catalan cellar in this edition of the competition.

The Xarel·lo Clàssic 2013, as its name indicates, one of the classics, is a single varietal that reflects this autochthonous variety from the Penedès, with a very expressive aroma of pear and apple and, on the mouth, it is fresh and fruity and with very good body.

The only rosé wine made in the cellar, Pinot Noir-Merlot Clàssic 2013, obtained the second silver medal, elaborated with varieties indicated by its name, which give it an interesting strawberry colour with aromas that remind us of these red fruits and redcurrants. On the mouth it has body, it is fresh, balanced and fruity sweet.
The Penedès sparkling wine that was awarded a well-deserved silver medal is the Brut 21, 2011, a reserve sparkling made with the Parellada and Chardonnay varieties and, thanks to the aging on its lees, it obtains brioche and lactic aromas, keeping the vivacity of Chardonnay.

As Josep M. Albet i Noya says ,- technical director and co-owner of the cellar – “we must continue learning things every day that will help us to improve our wines and takes us working ways that respect nature and the vineyard and wine ecosystems”.
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