Ars Collecta Blanc de Blancs

Ars Collecta Blanc de Blancs

D.O. Cava
Pairing
The Chardonnay variety gives this Cava an extraordinarily unctuous smoothness. This rich texture, combined with very high acidity, offers a great range of food pairing opportunities: any type of seafood (prawns, langoustines, scallops, goose barnacles), fish served raw (sashimi, sushi, carpaccio or tartare) or with light sauces, cod, monkfish, all kinds of rice dishes, lightly seasoned or smoked meats. It is also ideal for serving alongside tasting menus, gourmet hors d'oeuvres and fruitbased desserts.
Tasting Note
View
Visually, this cava is clean and bright, of a warm yellow colour with golden highlights. Fine bubbles that form a continuous bead and a persistent mousse indicating good bottle fermentation.
Nose
On the nose delicate notes of toast appear, intertwined with stone fruits: peaches and nectarines, over a background of brioche and nuts that result from long ageing on its lees. Very complex, with elegant notes, and a richness of aromas that improves with time in the glass.
Mouth
It is broad, complex, balanced and creamy on the palate.
Varietals
Chardonnay
85%
Xarel·lo-Parellada
15%
Analysis
Alcoholic grade 11,50%
Dosage Brut (6-12 g/l of sugar)
Sulfits content Yes
Vineyard and processing
Elaboration (vinification)
Cava produced from a selection of vineyards where the grape varieties show their greatest potential and expressivity. Chardonnay, the main grape variety, from Costers del Segre with a continental climate, Xarel·lo from the central plain of Penedès and Parellada from high altitude vineyards in Pla de Manlleu, both areas with a Mediterranean climate. Harvest took place at the start of August at night, to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and to avoid the oxidation of aromas in the grape. Upon arrival, the grapes were pressed gently in a pneumatic press and the must was fermented in small lots at 17 ºC; a small percentage of the must was vinified in French foudres to ennoble the blend. After ageing for 35 months at a constant temperature between the thick walls of our cellars, this Blanc de Blancs Great Reserve has a long life ahead of it. Every part of the process that we follow to produce this cava has the objective of respecting what the land gives us, creating a fresh Cava with a long ageing potential.
Vineyard (viticulture)
The 2015 vintage was perhaps one of the very best of recent years in our vineyards in Costers del Segre. Weather conditions were very favourable: the low rainfall led to healthy conditions at harvest and the combination of cool night time temperatures and warm daytime conditions led to optimum ripeness. Although the start of the cycle was a little later than usual, the high temperatures in spring and summer brought it back in line with what we could consider to be a normal cycle. The cold nights, the warm, sunny days and the complete lack of rain allowed us to wait as long as necessary to achieve fully ripe and very aromatic white grapes. Certain vineyards were carefully selected for their quality potential and were harvested at different moments in the interest of gaining greater aromatic richness and complexity; leading us to expect very flavourful and pleasurable wines. An exceptional year for white wines. In Penedès, a warm summer gave us intense Xarel·lo grapes with a very varietal profile and fruit intensity that remains in even the longest aged cavas.