Colet 'Tradicional' Extra Brut NV Classic Penedès 2017

Colet 'Tradicional' Extra Brut NV Classic Penedès 2017
£21.00 / bottle£239.40 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Spain
Wine Type: Sparkling Wine & Champagne
Wine Type: White Wine
Grape variety: Parellada
Grape variety: Macabeo
Grape variety: Xarel-lo
Wine region: Penedès
Wine style: Bubbly
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Drink: now to 2028
ABV: 12%

Tasting Notes

Read in my blog what has been happening to Cava and you will begin to understand why I chose this amazing Classic Penedès as an alternative.

The Colet winery is one of a handful of producers who walked away from the Cava DO as they felt Cava had been devalued by the more commercial style. In order to differentiate themselves they now produce their sparkling wine as Classic Penedès which is - and has to be by regulation

-  100% certified organic

- made from grapes that are 100% from the Penedès region (in their case they are all from their own vineyard) and

- 100% Reserva which means it has been aged for a minimum of 15 months (in fact for 24 months for this wine) before release.

And like Cava it is produced by the Traditional or Champagne method, making it a great alternative to Champagne.

Making sparkling wine since 1987, the Colet family has perfected its blend for this 'Tradicional' sparkling wine as 50-55% Xarel-lo, 35-40% Macabeo and 10% Parellada. Although part of the reason for leaving the Cava DO was to start using other grape varieties, these are the classic grapes for Cava hence the name 'Tradicional'. However Macabeo is often the predominant grape in Cava - Colet prefers to have a majority of Xarel-lo because of its acidity and its resistance to premature oxidation. This allows them to add only a minimum 'dosage' or residual sugar, retaining a crisp, dry and yet fruity style.

This sparkling wine has lots of fruit flavours - citrus, apple and peach included - and also touches of honey and cream given the time spent on its lees in bottle before release. It has a lovely rich texture which balances well with the fresh acidity.

Food Pairing

This is amazingly food-friendly sparkling wine - but also great to drink on its own

Producer's Notes

"Bright yellow colour. Fine and well-integrated bubbles. Elegant and balanced. Aromas of lees, dried herbs, dried flowers. On the palate, fresh with a little bitterness and good acidity."

Think of this as top-class Cava; Colet opted out of the Cava DO to differentiate its wines from cheap Cava flooding the market. This is 100% organic, has rested on lees for 24 months giving it heaps of character, fruit and savoury flavours

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