2018 Dominio de la Vega, Cava ‘Expression’ Brut, Utiel-Requena, Spain

Quite deep coloured with a rich, leesy nose. The palate is rich and broad textured, withfloral and citrus fruit flavours ant hints of straw. Dry and fresh, the finish is long and shows hints of pastry and orange peel.

Grape Variety: 100% Macabeo

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2018 Dominio de la Vega, Cava ‘Expression’ Brut, Utiel-Requena, Spain

Tasting Note

Quite deep coloured with a rich, leesy nose. The palate is rich and broad textured, with floral and citrus fruit flavours ant hints of straw. Dry and fresh, the finish is long and shows hints of pastry and orange peel.

Food Matching

Salt cod. Smoked fish. Herrings.

Producer Info

Four decades ago, the wine growing families that founded Dominio de la Vega were the main actors in the first steps of the CAVA in Requena region. From the beginning, almost two decades ago, the firm commitment was to extract and reveal all the potential that it hid, our native BOBAL variety, a silent, long and constant work (even misunderstood in its beginnings). Simplicity, humility, experience, professionalism and a lot of perseverance are some of the values that characterise Dominio de la Vega. In this winery we make authentic and expressive wines made in calm and that transmit the essence of our vineyards.

It is a common misconception that all Cava comes from Catalonia. Whilst the majority does, it can be made in a wide variety of areas, as long as it conforms to the strict production methods laid down. Dominio de la Vega is based in the hills inland from Valencia and has built up an impressive reputation for its Cavas in a relatively short period of time, garnering some of the highest ratings ever given to Cava by Robert Parker and winning numerous awards in Spain. The Cavas here are all rich and toasty having had extensive lees ageing in bottle and are something special.

Regional Info

Utiel-Requena, located west of Valencia city, is the largest wine region (in terms of area under vine) in the Valencia region on Spain’s east coast. Grape growing is Utiel-Requena’s driving economic force, and archaeological finds show viticulture dates back to at least the 7th Century BC, from the time of the early Iberians. In 1BC, Ancient Romans settled there and introduced improved winemaking techniques.

Utiel-Requena was established as a DO in 1957, deriving its name from the towns of Utiel and Requena, to the northwest and southeast of the designation respectively. Utiel-Requena’s most notable feature is its uniform climate and topography throughout the whole designation. It sits on a plateau 43 miles (70km) inland from the coast and approximately 2300 ft (700m) above sea level. The region’s location and geography give it a transitional climate – between Mediterranean and continental. The south-eastern

half of the region, aside from qualifying for the Utiel-Requena DO, is also authorised to produce the espumoso (sparkling) Cava, Spain’s answer to Champagne. Typically it is made from Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellada, although Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, among other varieties, are now permitted in the Cava blend.

Winemaking

Hand harvested, the juice undergoes 8 hours of skin contact to enhance the fruit depth, before traditional method production and a minimum of 12 month ageing on the lees. Finished with a relatively low dosage of 6 g/l.

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