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Nadal 1510 Botrytis Nobel 2001, 100% Macabeu
Made from the Macabeo grape variety – ripening of the grapes is done by implementing Botrytis Cinerea fungs. Yellow bright golden colour. Intense aromas with notes of candied fruit, honey (acacia) and Botrytis. Perfect balance between acidity, sugar and alcoholic strength. Very dense and rich in taste. Ideal as an aperitif, accompanied by foie gras, blue cheeses, oysters … superb wine that will improve during the coming 20 years. There are not many sweet wines from Penedes that I really like, but this one sets the level, Bitches Brew if you wish!
1510 Nadal is the first sweet white Noble Botrytis wine made in Spain. The Botrytis Cinerea, if conditions are favorable, gives healthy grapes with smooth skin, alternating wet and short sunny periods and absence of other microorganisms, is the main responsibility of the “noble rot” that modifies not only the color and aspect of the grape, but also alters the chemical composition of the wine. The presence of this fungus causes a decrease of more than 50% of the acidity in the grape and increases the natural concentration of sugars due to the evaporation of water. The grapes are harvested at different stages, selecting each grape at the time when most affected by the fungus. This miracle of nature allows the development of the Noble Botrytis Nadal 1510.
Can Nadal de la Boadella was founded at the beginning of the 16th century. The parchment signed by the notary Francesch Berthomeu in 1510 certifies the ownership of farm land in the name of Pere Nadal, located in the municipality of Torrelavit. According to the historical documentation, the Nadal Heritage never ceased the cultivation of vines and the production of wine. Even during the difficult years of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), when a part of the estate was expropriated to build an airfield, it never stopped cultivating and harvesting the grapes.
The father of Cava at Nadal. Ramon Nadal Giró was an heir with initiative. He was born in 1903, just when the farmers of the Alt Penedès had started replanting the vineyards stricken by phylloxera. In 1941 it was he who was replanting the vineyards of the estate that had served as an airfield during the war, and two years later, after building the cellar that still keeps the secrets of the best Nadal products, he began to develop the first Cava Brut that already carried the name of Nadal on the bottle.
Since that time, the tradition has never stopped. The cavas and white wines together with the balsamic vinegar of Nadal’s late harvest are the result of the specialization in the cultivation of the more than 40 vineyards surrounding the winery, wine cellars and the family home, located 20 km kilometres from Sant Sadurní d’Anoia. The vines, some of which are over 65 years old, provide balanced, high quality grapes.
Currently, the Nadal Estate produces more grapes than needed to cover the entire production. This allows the farm to select and provide the highest quality grapes for the production of the best varietal wines. The Nadal Estate grows basically the autochthonous white grape varieties of the Penedès: Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel.lo.
The Macabeo is reputed as it allows for the creation of great wines which form the basis of complex and structured varieties of Cava, imbued with fresh and fruity aromas. Overripe on the vine, the effect of the Botritys Cinerea fungus is to provide remarkably sweet grapes that are intended for the production of fine sweet wines of the highest quality.
The Xarel.lo, the Penedès flagship variety, produces pale wines with ochre tones, voluminous on the palate and with aromas of ripe fruit. It is essential for the cava RNG, made in honour of founder Ramon Nadal Giró, and for dry white wine which is made from aged Nadal Xarel.lo.
The Parellada grape gives pale wines with green hues, floral and delicate aromas, and which are soft and smooth in the mouth Its use is exclusively in the production of Cava. The Pinot Noir is a French variety ideal for the production of Cavas and wines. It is the first to mature and, therefore, is the one that opens the vintage in the cellar of the Nadal Estate. It is used for the production of the Cava Salvatge Rosé.
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