Camps d'Estels Cava Brut Nature NV
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Cava is the sparkling wine of Spain which has a long history and a growing worldwide reputation. Using the traditional method of a second fermentation in the bottle like in the Champagne region, Camps d'Estels is produced in the premier place for Cava : the Penedès. This Mediterranean region has a wide range of climates and soil types, with the best for good quality white grapes being those with excellent drainage. Campos de Estrellas is made from the grapes grown on a single estate in the Penedès, close to Barcelona. Just 10km from the sea, these 45 hectares have a silicate sandy soil which enhances acidity and has great drainage. The estate picks later than many of its neighbors, achieving optimal ripeness for their grapes, and enabling them to produce a charming and palatable Brut Nature.
Camps d'Estels is made from the three traditional Cava grapes: 40% Xarel·lo, 30% Macabeu and 30% Parellada. The vines are mostly between 30 and 50 years old, the older ones pruned as bushvines, the newer plantations are trellised. The grapes are hand picked into small crates, and then taken to the winery where they are pressed. Each grape variety is fermented at around 16 to 18ºC to produce the base wine. A blend is then made, yeast and more sugar is added and the wine is bottled with a crown cap. In an underground cellar, the second fermentation takes place in the bottle, followed by 15 months aging on the lees. Finally, the bottles are degorged to remove the yeasts and the bottled is topped up with the same wine, with no sugar being added. This is called Brut Nature.