TREPAT, PINOT NOIR
Estate owned vineyards located about 45 miles west of Barcelona in the River Anoia valley. The family owns a total of 150 hectares that is particularly suitable for the production of cava. The vines have naturally low yields, slow but complete ripening and the grapes retain high levels of acidity. The rosat cava is based on the traditional red variety Trepat.
Clay and Limestone
Vine desity of 3000 vines per hectare and planted on the Royat system.
The juice is macerated for a few hours on the skins. The first fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats. The wine is then bottled along with yeast and some added sugar and the second fermentation takes place in the bottle in their underground cellar.
The wine ages beyond the second fermentation for 9-12 months on the lees. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Brut allows for between 6-12 grams.
Red cherry in color. Notes of red fruits - strawberries and raspberries. Very fresh and persistent with great minerality.
A sparkling rose, the non-vintage Brut Rosat Cava is fashioned from the indigenous varietal called Trepat, blended with a touch of Pinot Noir. It is macerated on its skins for a few hours to achieve the desired color (relatively dark for a European rose), and then blended and bottled for a secondary fermentation to produce the bubbles. Strawberry, cherry and mulberry fruit notes intermixed with peppery, herb-like characteristics are found in this fresh, medium-bodied rose. It is best drunk over the next year. A family-owned winery whose origins date back to the 13th century, Fermi Bohigas owns over 240 acres of organically farmed vineyards in Catalunya. Doug Polaner is his name, and high quality wines in all price ranges is his game. I have been tasting with Polaner over a number of years, and these notes represent his very finest value selections.
The Bohigas Brut Rosat is a fairly dark-colored bottle sparkling Brut rosé which is done at the dry end of the Brut scale, with only six grams per liter of dosage. The nose is deep and quite "winey" in style, offering up scents of cherries, a touch of blood orange, dusty soil tones and a topnote of dried roses. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and just a touch coarse in terms of its mousse, but with lovely depth and complexity and impressive length and grip on the finish. This is decidedly a Brut rosé Cava that will show at its best at the table. Good juice. 2011-2015. 88. John Gilman
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