Macabeo Parellada Penedas, Espana Spain
An ancient marque steeped in history, Segura Viudas began branding it's sparklings in the 1950s, limiting production for the enjoyment of an exclusive clientele, not releasing commercial quantities until 1969. The Penedes Denominaciones de Origen produces amazing methode champenoise, crafted from a mix of indigenous Spanish varietals which are unavailable anywhere else in the world.
Two thirds Macabeo, the balance Parellada, sourced from the Penedes D.O, just south of Barcelona. Outstanding wines have been made here since the ancient Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans. Other notable Penedes producers include Freixenet, Rene Barbier and Torres. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the region became aware of the potential of it's indigenous varietal grapes and unique wines, the first steps were taken in the application of Methode Champenoise and Segura Viudas produced its first sparklers. Primary fermentations in tank capture and retain distinct varietal fruit characters, followed by extended maturation in bottle for five years.
A delicate stream of very fine bubbles with persistence. Fruity, crisp lemon lime scented nose, the high percentage of Macabeo works to retain the youthful personality of this generous wine during the long ageing process. Development in bottle brings solid structure, creamy texture and harmonious acidity. Potent aromas vary from shortbread to strawberry, peaches to almond and marzipan. A long and elegant palate, a long slightly yeasty finish.