Alta Alella Mirgin Opus 2016

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Primary Notes: Apple Grapefruit Chamomile Saline

Secondary Notes: Brioche

Tertiary Notes: Hazelnuts

Body: Medium

Dryness: Very Dry

Acidity: High

Tannin: Light

Alcohol (%): 12

Origin: Alella, Spain

Maker: Alta Alella

Grape: Chardonnay Blend

Fermentation: Organic, Vegan Heavy Wood

Awards: >90

Decanting: No

Serving Temperature: Best served between 6–8 degrees

Asian Food Pairing: Spicy fish hotpot, crispy spring rolls, Korean fried chicken

Western Food Pairing: Sheep milk cheeses and olives, seafood paella or risotto, fish pie


Alta Alella Mirgin Opus 2016

Alta Alella Mirgin Opus is elite and unique Cava. Pale yellow colour with golden hues. The nose opens with floral and ripe white fruit aromas before exhibiting a distinct saline minerality and nutty aftertaste. The balanced and structured palate has a well-marked acidity and very fine, persistent bubbles. The aromas integrate into the palate where ripe apple, hazelnuts, brioche and a hint of grapefruit citrus is underscored by a saline minerality. Closes with a very tasty and lingering aftertaste.

Made from organic grapes of Vallcirera Paraje: 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pansa Blanca. The fruit for this wine comes from plots located within the privileged agricultural area of the Serralada de Marina’s Natural Park, between the municipalities of Alella and Tiana, in the southern sector of the Maresme region, 2km from the Mediterranean Sea and 15 km from Barcelona. The vines grow in Sauló soil: an acidic white granite-based sand with low limestone content, low organic matter and good natural water drain. The plots were planted in 1992 with a southeast orientation and at 90 metres above sea level.

Fun Fact: The Paraje Calificado Vallcirera is the highest classification awarded in the Cava sector. It recognises Cava made from "a wine produced using grapes from a singular parcel of which specific edaphic and microclimatic conditions, together with quality criteria of its production and ageing, create a cava with distinctive characteristics". 

The fruit is manually harvested in small crates. The Pansa Blanca is fermented in stainless steel tanks, while the fermentation of the Chardonnay takes place in second year French oak barrels. After 4 months, blending of the wine is done through the traditional method and then ages for a minimum of 36 months.



22.png Color: bright gold, Aroma: fine lees, toilet herbs, with character, ripe fruit, dried fruit, Mouth: powerful, tasty, good acidity, fine bubbles, fine bitterness.


22.png An alluring mix of briny apple and nectarine aromas is lightly yeasty, stony and comes with a whiff of scrambled egg. This stately brut nature feels plump and solid, with fine bubbles and healthy acidity. Flavors of cidery apple and white pepper are savory and complex, while a touch of bready richness elevates the finish. Drink through 2024.


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