Savoring a Penedés – Los Novell 2008
There are 67 qualified denominations in Spain. That means 67 different aromas and 67 different structures within millions of wines which are somehow the same and somehow totally different. The principal characteristics that shape a denomination are the geographic situation and the climate. We can find remarkable distinctions in terms of soil composition and atmosphere throughout the Iberian Peninsula. Distinctions which we endeavor to recognize in the wines we taste.
Penedés is the biggest among the Catalan denominations and exists since 1986. The denomination cava existed already in 1972 with Sant Sadurni d’Anoia as Pioneers who were the first to employ the traditional Champenoise method (second fermentation in the bottle) in Cataluña and to extend it throughout the country.
Wines from Penedés are principally recognized for their texture and their scent or particular bouquet. The richest soil can be found in Alt Penedés whereas it becomes more calcareous the closer we get to the coast. A calcareous soil is a big advantage because it permits sugar and water concentration in the grape and that again is subsequently reflected in the quality of the wine.
The different micro climates on the other hand allow the adjustment of a range of several grape varieties besides the local ones Parellada, Xarel.lo, Macabeu, Tempranillo, Sumoll, like Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monastrell, Cariñena. The closeness to the sea is another plus as it prevents the grape from drying during hot summers and the sufficient rainfall creates a tolerable level of humidity.
Montau de Sadurní is situated in the Garraf Masiss coast strip, touching the Baix Penedes. The warm climate interacts perfectly with the proximity to the sea and allows the cultivation of varieties like Macabeo, Monastrell, Cariñena, Tempranillo and the most characteristic grape of this sub zone Xarel.lo.
Factors of recognition:
- White wines: crystal almost transparent wines with brilliant sparkles; fruity aroma with floral notes or fresh herbs
- Rose wines: ruby red with cherry hues, smooth and attractive primeur aromas, wide on the palate and very smart
- Red wines: the most emphasising characteristic is the dark, intense color, the profound redolent aroma and the good persistence
And here they are the three Novells, waiting for the consumer’s finding verdict. Would love to know what you think about them. Cheers.