2015 Raventos De Nit Rose Cava

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Coming from the family that created the world's first Cava in 1872, and later got Cava recognised as a DO, one can expect a lot from the De Nit. Revealing true Spanish pride, Raventos I Blanc De Nit Rose is a uniquely Spanish experience. Raventos does things a little differently, farming their own vineyards of Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada (the traditional Cava grapes) and bottling by the specific vintage, just as they do in the best years in Champagne.

De Nitis a pale, baby pink sparkler showcasing the characteristics of its four grapes blend; fruitiness and citric taste from the Macabeo; balance, body and acidity from the Xarelo; the lovely color and hint of bitterness at the end from the Monastrell and the finesse and elegance from the Parellada. The result is an innovative wine with freshness, complexity and elegance.

The nose reveals beautiful scents of rosewater perfume, strawberries and morello cherries. The refreshing palate fills your mouth with small, ample bubbles, the fruit, minerality and toast seamlessly intertwined. The wine goes well with seafood, Spanish tapas, chocolate dessert or just pure chocolate.

But before coming to the attributes of the Cava, a bit about the back story - this lovely rosé sparkling came about as the result of a mistake. "We wanted to make a Rosé Cava with our indigenous Xarelo grapes and Pinot Noir grapes. But the Pinot Noir was planted on a vineyard at the top of the property. The location did not allow us to control the colour of the grapes. The result was a ros_ much darker than we wanted. So we abandoned the idea of using Pinot Noir and instead, blended the Xarelo with Monastrell grown on a vineyard on our property that is next to a lake giving us a rosé with a lovely, pale colour," reveals Escala.

Winemaker Note
Intriguing like the night, and full of mystery: a rose body that conceals the soul of a white. Monastrell grapes impart a special complexity and elegance to De Nit, without affecting the rich freshness characteristic of all Raventos wines. The grapes are harvested by hand and rapidly delivered to the winery, where they are processed via a gravity flow system. At each stage of the production process the atmosphere is controlled by dry ice. Assemblage is followed by bottle fermentation and ageing for at least 15 months in the neck-down position.

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‘De Nit’ is a blend of 42% Macabeo, 37% Xarel.lo and 14% Parrellada with the addition of 7% Monastrell for complexity and its pale pink color. All grapes come from estate-owned, biodynamically-farmed vineyards in the Anoia River valley. The primary fermentation is in stainless steel with the secondary fermentation in bottle. It is aged for at least 18 months on the lees before release. ‘De Nit’ means ‘Of the Night’ in Catalan.

Wine Advocate, 91
The color is extremely pale (it could even pass as a Blanc de Noir) and the nose is very similar to the 2013 L'Hereu, perhaps not as fine, with very nice, clean fruit. The palate might have a little more weight, with faint flower notes, very good acidity and a little bit of tannin coupled with acidity that gives it length and persistence and a distinct elegant rusticity. I'm not a great fan of pink sparkling wine in general, but I'm a fan of this one. This is a perfect aperitif wine.

Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 91
Pale orange. Intense red berry, blood orange and rose pastille scents, along with zesty minerality and a hint of white pepper. The juicy, focused and energetic palate reveals vibrant, mineral-tinged tangerine and raspberry flavors that deepen and expand with air. This vintage shows more depth and breadth than the 2012, with a taut, sharply focused finish that echoes the floral and red fruit notes emphatically.

Spain, Penedes, West of Barcelona

40% Xarel·lo, 36% Macabeu, 18% Parellada, 6% Monastrell
Alcohol content: 12 % Vol

An adult signature is required upon delivery, so please keep that in mind when shipping this gift to friends, family and peers.
There is no minimum.
Bottles are in perfect condition.