Raventos i Blanc | Gran Reserva de la Finca Espumoso | Brut Nature 2015
De la Finca sparkling wine is made with grapes from their oldest vines, planted using the gobelet system in 1964 in the Vinya dels Fòssils. Earthy and golden, toasty and generous but beautifully edged with a crunchy green apple finish. Mineral, with jasmine, honeysuckle and waxy pollen.
A faux sweetness of syrup-soaked gooseberries, pistachio husk, golden bread crust then acidity and maritime minerality. The finish is long and persistent and speaks of ocean floors of eras gone by, as this is a wine of place, and that place is all fossils! Scott Wasley | The Spanish Acquisition
A small, family-owned concern, based on 90 hectares at Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, which has been in the family since 1659, and has been a wine- growing estate since 1497.
In 1984, family patriarch Josep Maria Raventós i Blanc and scion Manuel Raventós i Negra struck out with their own brand, produced entirely from estate fruit. As so often the case in Spain, family heritage is a matter of immense pride, particularly for a tribe who can legitimately claim to have originated an entire DO! “L’Hereu”, or ‘the line’, is their term for the continuity of the Raventos family in sparkling from the origin of Cava (Josep Raventos Fatjo produced Spain’s first in-bottle fermentation in 1872) to the present.
60% Macabeo, 30% Xarel-lo and 10% Parellada | Region: Conca del Riu de Anoia, Penedes | 0 g/L residual sugar | Lees-aged for 12 months | 12.2% abv | 750ml