A bargain Champagne Method Vintage Cava, now organic, complex and toasty
Hailing from Penedes, the home of Cava, Bodegas Sumarroca makes excellent sparklers that belie the price. Generations of the Sumarocca family have devoted themselves to making Cava. Combining their passion for the land and tenacity in cultivating vines their Cava'´s have bags of personality and character. Carlos Sumarroca, the owner, is one of Spain's most important and awarded agriculturists and together with his wife Nuria bought the 15th century estate in 1982. The enterprising couple set about establishing one of the largest estate-only grown vineyard Cava producers in Spain.
This organic Cava is made with grapes from the Sumarroca estate in Penedes. Selection of the best plots of the traditional Cava varieties: Macabeu, Xarel·lo, Parellada and the universal Chardonnay. Sumarroca Estate is Located in Monistrol d'Anoia (in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia), all south-facing vineyards, protected by the Montserrat mountain range and benefitting from the gentle Mediterranean coastal climate and the “terral” wind from inland. With a wide variety of animals (including the short-toed eagle, jay, salamander and black starling) and plants (including Aleppo pine forests, fragrant virgin's bower and the European nettle tree). It also features three ravines (two within the estate and a third right on the border) and two forests (Bosque de Águila [Eagle Forest] and Sierra de la Vermella).
Tasting Note: All those who adore Champagne´s classic fresh brown bread-scented yeasty flavours will love this classy Cava; rich, full complex and toasty. Pale yellow colour. Fresh aroma and fruity and fresh on the palate with fine, pleasant bubbles that perfectly complement the wine's structure.
Critics: Jancis Robinson 16.5/20
Parellada 36%, Xarel-lo 31%, Others 33%