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Aymar ICE 2016

Producer: Castell De Pujades
Region: Penedès
Appellation: Alto Penedès
Country: Spain
Classification: DO
Wine Type: Sparkling
Variety: Macabeu, Parellada, Xarel-lo, Vermut
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 11.5%
Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
Soil: Clay, sand, limestone
Farming Practices: Certified Organic. Manual harvesting.
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Cellar Profile


Castell de Pujades is a family-run winery situated in the heart of the renowned Classic Penedès region of Catalonia. For six generations, the Ferrer family has been growing grapes indigenous to the region here: Macabeu, Xarel-lo, Parellada and the almost extinct Red Xarel-lo. Their focus is on crafting wines that have a sense of place and that showcase the terroir of the vineyard. To that end, they farm organically and work the land by hand. Classic Penedès is Cava country and the specialty of the winery. The vineyards are planted in calcareous rock, with patches of gravel and sand. Dry-farmed, the vines are protected from the hot, humid summers by the winds that come off the nearby Mediterranean. Evenings here are cool—at times barely above freezing during the growing season—due to the elevation and proximity to the ocean. This large diurnal shift allows for full ripening and development of flavour, while retaining the acidity necessary to make great Cava.

Region


Located southwest of the Spanish city of Barcelona, the Penedès wine appellation straddles two coastal provinces, Barcelona in the north and Tarragona further south. The Penedès vineyards are divided into three sub-regions, related to topography: low (maritime), central and high. The region stretches westward and inland from the Mediterranean Sea over undulations and hills known as the Catalan coastal depression, the coastal range and the pre-coastal mountains where vines thrive at up to 2,600 feet (800 meters) elevation. Mediterranean winters are generally mild, while summers are hot with average temperatures hovering in the 30°C range. The clay, sand and limestone soils below the grapes are generally dry and friable, conducive to letting vines penetrate deeply.

Vineyard


Located in the upper Penedès, in a privileged plane between the Mediterranean Sea and the pre-coastal mountain range, specifically in Costers del Montmell. At an altitude of 300 masl, the vineyards receive the influence of both sun and sea—ideal for viticulture.

Varieties


Parellada is the most delicate of the traditional white varieties of the Penedès. It produces white wines which are aromatic and dry, with a moderate alcohol content and a delicate, fruity acidity. Macabeo is found mainly in the Central Penedès and is the grape which contributes a fruity aroma and lively acidity to these blends. Xare-lo, the 3rd traditional variety of the region, can produce great white wines (oaked or unoaked) either alone, or blended. Fruity dry whites made from Xarel·lo are considered the most typical of the Penedès.

Winemaking


Organically-grown grapes are hand-harvested when phenolically ripe enough, but before alcohol starts to spike. The base wine then undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle, in the Traditional Method, for 24 months. After dégorgement, a liqueur de dosage is added, that has been lightly flavoured with herbs, similar to Vermut.

Tasting Notes 


Aymar ICE is classified as ‘Extra Dry’ but has a wonderful fruit-forward entry reminiscent of gold delicious apple, honeysuckle and crushed white flowers. A creamy, mouth-filling mousse and zesty spritz of acidity lead to a crisp, baking spice accented finish. Enjoy on the rocks with a twist of citrus for a delicious aperitif.