Thursday, 28 February 2013

DG Viticultors Rosé

Today I start my blog, the result of my passion for a product as Mediterranean as it gets- WINE- and, to be exact, Catalan wine. Wine culture is in my blood, something I grew up with. When I was a child, my father used to make his own wine, my grandparents used to make theirs and although they later stopped making it, by then winemaking was grafted on me.

Add to the above-mentioned all my pleasant memories of drinking different types of wine - their appearance, their characteristic aromas and flavours on the palate, how the wines change with the passing of time - all this has led me to start a new project, a passionate project, with the big challenge of making these wines known to the world. I know Catalonia is small area on the world map, a little country, but it has an incredibly diverse geography and great wines in every quality wine producing area (Denominació d’Origen in Catalan, or its abbreviated form DO, all of them different and with special characteristics than make the wine different and particular to that area. 

The first great challenge is to decide which wine I start with, because there are so many to choose from..., but finally I've decided on a cava (known also as a sparkling wine). In fact I don't need to go far away to find it, I can stay at home, where I am, because there is a great little winery next to home. It’s a little cellar because their production is limited, but a great place also because of the quality of their products; the care they take in the elaboration of the wine and the enthusiasm they put into their work can be tasted in every sip. 

The passion for this cava started on Christmas day, at lunch time, with the family. All of us used to sit around the big table of the dining room, the table for special occasions, and it was the perfect opportunity for opening the cava that our neighbours gave us as a Christmas present: DG Viticultors Rosé

As the name indicates, it’s a rosé cava, made exclusively with the Pinot Noir grape that comes from the family vineyards situated 800 metres high in Pontons, a little village near Barcelona, and to be exact the Pinot Noir comes from the vineyards called La Muntanyeta and L’Espadat. At this height the Pinot Noir variety of grape has some different features to other grapes that grow at lower altitudes, due to the fact that the climate is continental, with cool summer nights, that can sometimes be even cold, and hot days. 

DG Viticultors Rosé cava has been aging for a minimum of 15 months. It has a very attractive appearance- a nice light pale orange colour. In the glass we can see how the bubbles go up to the top in a uniform way to create the crown on the surface, constantly renewed by the new bubbles arriving from beneath. 

The aromas are subtle, although it’s easy to perceive red fruit flavours, especially strawberry, and as the cava begins to breathe, water melon as well as aromas of buttery pastry coming from the yeasts after all these months aging in the cellar. 

As for the palate, what stands out is the excellent integration of the bubbles; it's a pleasant, tasty champagne, as in the olfactory phase the predominance of red fruit flavours continues present, but there are also hints of sweet watermelon and touches of pastry. The acidity is incredibly balanced, perfectly compensating the sweetness. This leads to a lingering aftertaste, inviting you to have another sip. 

In conclusion I would say it’s a very elegant cava and the most important thing about it is that up to now it hasn’t disappointed anyone who has tried it, even people that normally don’t drink cava. From here I invite you to taste DG Viticultors Rosé, you will see that one sip will not be enough!
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  1. Segur que deu ser genial, tan com el paisatge de les vinyes on ha nascut.

    1. I tant Àngela! Justament la foto està feta al costat de les vinyes. No deixis passar l'oportunitat de provar-lo.

  2. Aquest cava el vaig acompanyar dies enrera amb una galette... boníssim tot plegat!

    1. Boníssima la galette, en dono fe, i combinaven molt bé amb el cava.