291/365 – Catalonia – D.O. Cava – Subirats – Oliver Viticultors – Sadurni Oliver Brut Nature 2011
Pale yellow color with yellow to green reflections, small bubbles which rise slowly as a rosary, finally forming the crown. The scent is fresh, thanks to the fruity notes of the cuvée and the contribution of aging on yeast. This Cava spends a minimum of 18 months before being released, but it is more likely that it has spent up to 30 moths on its lees. Vinosity is clean and it’s easy to drink, the entrance is creamy and light. Well structured on the palate, smooth and balanced. The retronasal sensations are clean. Foams perfectly without excess of carbon dioxide, and it has a balanced acidity. A real walk through the mouth.
The low value of the Penedès grapes has caused some of the growers to abandon their family heritage and pursue their happiness in a world outside the wonderful world of wine. Some still hope that the next generation continues the family project and this on the other hand has caused some growers to create their own cellars. This is one of may such enterprises. The exciting project of Oliver Viticultors is located at the Maset Cal Xic de l’Agustí, in the village of Can Batista (Subirats). It is the project of Sadurni Oliver and Gemma Sivilla, making it a family business that produces handcrafted and sparkling Cavas “with feeling”. I especially like the elegance, openness and the fruit of their Cavas, like for example their Pinot Noir Rosé. They appeared in the latest edition of Cavatast St. Sadurní, that’s when I tasted their products the first time, and I am happy to say they are going to be there for this years edition as well!
They have vineyards in Subirats, Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, Sant Martí Sarroca, Torrelles de Foix and Font-rubí. Totaling 55 acres, on which they nurture 12 different varieties of grapes. A wine heritage! Trust in the future also make wines. The Oliver/Sivilla family states, “We are first and foremost about the love for Penedes, the love for this land, its vineyards and its landscape. We are growers (viticultors), proud to keep the legacy of our ancestors alive : the land that changed hands from generation to generation”.
Bubbles, bubbles……., bubbles everywhere I turn! Today the great Cava party in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia is about to start. Attracting visitors from all over the world, this Cava fair is going to show the best of what D.O. Penedes and D.O. Cava can offer. There’s going to be bubbles high and low and I for one am going to take the opportunity to spend a day or two, tasting Cavas from the cellars, existing in and around Sant Sadurni d’Anoia! There’s no good way of transmitting the experience so for that reason I invite you to come and share in the festivities yourself. If you can’t make it this year, you should know that this event takes place every year, at almost the same date.
Like every year at this time, I declare another classic events that occur in the wine scene, and this one especially for lovers of Cava, Cavatast 2014, to be held this year from 3 to 5 October in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, marking another wine making year that has passed in the world capital of Cava. Throughout the weekend you can enjoy the best of the best wine cellars, Cava tastings for “penny” but besides that, there are many other activities, winery visits, artisanal work from the region, gastronomy, music and many more activities, which you can have a look at in the Program of activities Cavatast 2014.
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