Colet ~ Tradicional Extra Brut NV Classic Penedès DO

Colet ~ Tradicional Extra Brut NV Classic Penedès DO
£18.25 / bottle£208.05 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Spain
Wine Types: Sparkling Wines & Champagne
Wine Types: White Wines
Grapes: Parellada
Grapes: Macabeo
Grapes: Xarel-lo
Region: Penedès
Style: Beautiful Bubbles
Wine Types: Vegan Wine
Drink: now to 2022
Unoaked
Cork
ABV: 12%
Organic

Tasting Notes

The story

Read in my blog what is happening to Cava at the moment 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% 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.

The wine

Making sparkling wine since 1987, the Colet family has perfected its blend for this 'Tradicional' sparkling wine as 50% Xarel-lo, 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'. 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

Very food-friendly wine

Producer's Notes

"Expressive and very pleasant aromas of white and green fruits and some citrus. On the palate, a touch of creaminess from the time spent on the lees. Great freshness, while remaining fruit forward."

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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