Raventós i Blanc De la Finca Brut 2014, Conca Del Riu Anoia, Penedes, Spain

De la Finca comes from a historical vineyard, situated 50 km to the West of Barcelona; its geology and microclimate makes it a formidable rival to the most prestigious of wines. The soils on the estate are calcareous and date back to the oldest period of the Penedès depression some 16 million years ago. Marine fossils characterize the structure and composition of the soils of the Vinya dels Fòssils. It is the abundance of carbonated fossils that gives this sparkling wine its characteristic saline notes. The grapes enter the winery by gravity. At each stage, the atmosphere is controlled by dry ice. Slow pressing at low pressures. Static sedimentation at low temperatures. First fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature, separating varieties and soil types. Assemblage and second fermentation in the bottle with a minimum ageing period of three years in a horizontal position. No ‘liqueur d’expédition’ added. Disgorging date stated on the back label. 50 % Xarel.lo. 40 % Macabeu.