Totus Tuus Cava Reserva
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Totus Tuus, Alberto Orte’s beautiful tribute to his mother, started with the 2007 harvest. In making Totus Tuus, Alberto sought to craft a fuller-bodied sparkling wine capable of ageing, in addition to showing greater complexity. The Latin expression Totus Tuus, means “everything for you” or “all yours”. Made at the historical Raventós I Blanc estate, Totus Tuus uses a blend of the three traditional cava grapes with the addition of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, aged on the lees for 20 months for a weighty, creamy expression of Cava.
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?
This estate-bottled Cava is aged for 20 months on the lees prior to release, with marked Chardonnay creaminess balanced by bracing acidity. Full-bodied yet elegant, Totus Tuus is a benchmark for Cava Reserva in the Alt Penedès.
NV 90 points by Robert Parker & James Suckling
40% Chardonnay, 18% Xarello, 18% Macabeo, 18% Parellada, 6% Pinot Noir. Vines planted in 1975. Tended in limestone and sand with clay subsoil at 273 m (896 ft) elevation.
Cava is a perfect pairing with fried food of all kinds, particularly seafood. The particular weight and texture of Totus Tuus lends itself to pairing with richer seafood dishes in addition to shellfish and lighter fish.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING:
Primary fermentation in stainless steel followed by secondary fermentation in the bottle. The lees age in the bottle for 20 months, far beyond the DO Cava minimum of 9 months, adding roundness and elegance.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:
The vineyards are located within the Penedès region in northeastern Spain, a few miles south of Barcelona in the subregion of Alt Penedès. The estate is located in the village of Maset at 273 meters (896 ft.) elevation. This area has been growing French grape varieties for centuries. The soils are limestone and sand with clay subsoil. The texture of the topsoil allows for good water drainage, while the subsoil has good water retention, an ideal equilibrium. The medium soil pH and low percentage of organic matter results in balanced acidity and moderate yields of grapes from the vines. The average temperature from April-October is 66.3F. The days are hot and the nights are moderate with an annual rainfall of 23.9 inches.
Totus Tuus Cava shows bright aromas of peach, lemon and orange zest, with a touch of licorice. The wine is concentrated, tactile and dense in the mouth, with a sappy, stony character to its citrus, pit fruit and anise flavors. Shows richness and vivacity in the mouth and the bright finish is long.