Macabeo

Viura is widely grown in the Rioja region of northeastern Spain, the Cava producing areas south of Barcelona (where it is known as Macabeu), and the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. The grape is mostly used to make mildly acidic and young white wines primarily suitable for early consumption or blending with other varieties, both red and white. It is often the main grape of white Rioja and is sometimes blended in small amounts with Tempranillo and red Garnacha, both in un-oaked and oaked versions. It was introduced in Rioja after the phylloxera epidemic, where it largely replaced Malvasia and Garnacha blanca, partially because of the ability of its wines to better withstand oxidation. Some producers of white Rioja make superior wines (Reserva and Gran Reserva) subjected to extended ageing that can span decades, resulting in a highly distinctive and aromatic wine.
Macabeo is traditionally blended with Xarel·lo and Parellada to make a sparkling Cava, the best-known sparkling wine of Spain.

Montserrat, the iconic mountain range that encircles Barcelona, towers over the Cava region of northeast Spain. The region is renown for producing wonderful white grape varietals such as Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo, which when blended produce the finest Cava in Spain.
Type of Wine: Sparkling Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Cava
Winery: Castell D’Or, Vilafranca de Penedès
Varietal: Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo. Vines are between 40-80 years old.
Terrain: This Cava was produced in the finest Cava producing region around Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, better know as the home to Freixenet, Cordoniu and other producers of Cava. The region enjoys a warm, mild, coastal climate which when combined with a sandy, permeable soil and plenty of rainfall (36 inches), make this a perfect region for growing white wine varietals.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: Methode Champenoise, secondary fermentation in the bottle. 22 months of bottle ageing.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 41º and 55º F
Alcohol Content: 11.5%
Released to Market: Spring 20133
About the producer
Montserrat, the iconic mountain range that encircles Barcelona, towers over the Cava region of northeast Spain. The region is renown for producing wonderful white grape varietals such as Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo, which when blended produce the finest Cava in Spain.
Tasting notes
Color: Pale straw.
Nose: Dry, minimal nose, but with small concentrated bubbles.
Palate: It is dry, light on the palate, with a refreshing acidity; perfect for celebrating with friends, or as an aperitif

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $14.99
Available: April 2014
Montserrat, the iconic mountain range that encircles Barcelona, towers over the Cava region of northeast Spain. The region is renown for producing wonderful white grape varietals such as Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo, which when blended produce the finest Cava in Spain.
Type of Wine: Sparkling Wine
Appellation of Origin: DO Cava
Winery: Castell D’Or, Vilafranca de Penedès
Varietal: Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo. Vines are between40-80 years old.
Terrain: This Cava was produced in the finest Cava producing region around Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, better know as the home to Freixenet, Cordoniu and other producers of Cava. The region enjoys a warm, mild, coastal climate which when combined with a sandy, permeable soil and plenty of rainfall (36 inches), make this a perfect region for growing white wine varietals.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: Methode Champenoise, secondary fermentation in the bottle. 14 months of bottle ageing.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 41º and 55º F
Alcohol Content: 11.5%
Released to Market: Spring 20133
About the producer
Montserrat, the iconic mountain range that encircles Barcelona, towers over the Cava region of northeast Spain. The region is renown for producing wonderful white grape varietals such as Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel.lo, which when blended produce the finest Cava in Spain.
Tasting notes
Color: Pale straw.
Nose: Dry, minimal nose, but with small concentrated bubbles.
Palate: It is dry, with notes of green apple and citrus; perfect for celebrating with friends, or as an aperitif.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $12.99
Available: April 2014