Essential 2014

Juvé & Camps

Juvé & Camps has decided to pay homage to Xarel·lo, the grape that forms the backbone of most Catalan Cava's, by releasing a sparkling wine crafted exclusively from this variety. Essential Xarel·lo Reserva Brut was crafted using only the "free-run" juice coming from grapes grown in the Espiells and Can Rius estates, both located in Central Penedès and belonging to the Cava DO. Located at an altitude between 185 and 245 meters, the vines grow in soils composed of clay and limestone that are strategically protected from northern climatic influences by the neighboring Montserrat Mountain.

Tasting Notes

Aged for fifteen months before its release, the Cava displays a nice yellow color with some greenish and steely tinges. It also has a textbook aromatic expression of the Xarello grape and discreet notes of fennel, garrigue, rosemary and thyme along with touches of white fruit and dry fruit. On the other hand, the wine shows some bread-like, creamy notes coming from the yeasts. This Cava is fresh, gentle and creamy, with bitter notes of aromatic herbs, touches of dry fruit and a tense acidity. Nice little bubbles, long finish and a pleasant overall sensation.

Food Pairing

Perfectly pairs with salty goat and sheep millk cheeses, dried and cured meats, mushroom tarts, salmon blinis and foie gras. 

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Espiells and Can Rius
Vineyard size:
550 acres
Soil composition:
Clay
Training method:
Embower
Elevation:
660 feet
Vines/acre:
1540
Yield/acre:
3.6 tons
Exposure:
Northeastern / Southwestern
Harvest time:
Mid August - Early October
First vintage of this wine:
2012
Bottles produced of this wine:
40,000
Winemaking & Aging
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
7-10 days days
Fermentation temperature:
68 °F

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