Valldolina Cava Reserva Brut Nature
Raimon Badell is making biodynamic and organic vintage Cava from his estate in Alt Penedès, which which is located entirely with the national protected area of the Massís del Garraf. The grapes (Xarel·lo, Macabeu, Parellada, & Chardonnay) are hand harvested, fermented in stainless steel, and the resulting wine undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, where it then ages on its lees for more than 24 months. Raimon elaborates Valldolina Cavas with 0 dosage, thus qualifying it as Brut Nature, with less than 1 gr/L of residual sugar.
The name Valldolina [vai-doh-LEE-nah] is a description of the landscape. Dolines are depressions formed in areas that rich in limestone soils (karst), while 'vall' is Catalan for valley. Thus, Valldolina = valley of dolines.
Xarel·lo, Macabeu, Parellada, Chardonnay