Sunday, 4 January 2009

Cosmic Penedes Jam

Grapes on the roof terrace, Cava fuelled behaviour, the metro,new years dancing at the Cosmic Jam party.

DJ 2D2 killed it.

Steelwine clubbing, sobering walking tour of the city and the field trip to Penedes.

Ringing ahead, we were expected at Mas Comtal just outside the penedes wine capital Villafranca. Sitting in the red clay soil close to the giant Freixenet cava facility and overlooking Montserrat is this family run single estate bodega.

Albert met us in the carpark as the sun set

Proudly showing us his dogs,40Ha of Chardonnay and Xarel lo vines, large steel and undergound tanks , cellars, techno lab and bottle production line.

Settling down after the tour, we paid attention to a private tasting with the highly knowledgable and talented winemaker Albert Mila.

2005 Mas Comtal Cava Brut Nature

50% Chardonnay 50% Xarel lo

30 months age

Tiny bubbles with a rich nutty nose and silky creamy body. Soft fruit "Brut nature" acidity with toffee notes.

Classic blend from the region with 30 months crianza age.

2008 Mas Comtal Pomell de Blancs.

Chardonnay, Xarel lo

Newly released 2008 vintage of this fantastic still white.

A light golden colour with nutty spicy aromatic nose

Rich balanced tropical body, sherbet acidity smooth finish.

2005 Mas Comtal, Antistiana

Merlot, C Sauvignon, C Franc

Dark crimson with fading crianza rim. Dark spicy fruit, liqourice, treacle and a floral touch to this Bordeaux blend. Fantastic smooth 12 months bottle aged drop.

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