Can Sala Cava Gran Reserva Brut Nature 2008
Sparkling Wine of the Year 2020 - The Drinks Business
A complex, long aged Cava de Paraje Calificado, the top designation for Cava. Intense yellow in colour, reflecting its years in bottle. The mousse is elegant and long lasting, showing excellent crown. On the nose it is clean, with aromas of dried fruits and toasty elements, balanced by ripe fruit compôtes, honey and ripe fruits, predominantly peach. Notes of vanilla. There are significant aromas of freshly baked bread and pastries. Full on the palate, with a perfectly integrated mousse. This is a fine, long full bodied Cava which is extremely pleasant to drink.
The Can Sala Winery was built in the grounds of the Ferrer family estate by Joan Sala in 1901, and is where wines for export were made until in 1914, and where Pere Ferrer Bosch and Dolores Sala Vivé created the first bottle of Freixenet cava. Nowadays, the Can Sala Winery is equipped with the latest technology. In the new biodynamic winery they have tried to retain the best from each generation. Making their cava how it was originally done, but incorporating the latest winemaking technologies.
Sparkling Wine Master 2020 & Sparkling Wine of the Year 2020 - The Drinks Business, July 2020.
"This bottle wowed the judges for its depth of flavour and layers of complementary characters, leading it to gain the highest set of scores from our tasters, all of whom awarded it close to a maximum of 100 points, elevating it to the status of Sparkling Wine Master 2020.
So what was it? It was an outstanding Cava from the cellar of Can Sala, which is owned by the Ferrer family – the founders of Freixenet (and current owners of 43% of the Henkell-Freixenet group).
Crucially, Can Sala is dedicated to producing just one prestige cuvée vintage expression of sparkling wine, which is aged on its lees for a minium of seven years.
As one of the first names in the region of Cava to take on the top classification of Cava de Paraje Calificado, it is a great product from top vineyards in this Spanish sparkling wine area, and, due to the intensity of the fizz, and the richness imparted by the lengthy ageing process, it is sold with no dosage – in other words, no sugar is added to the wine, meaning it is a Brut Nature.
As for the character of the Can Sala 2008, it is a magnificent creamy-textured fizz with layers of flavour from fresh apple to ripe nectarine and lemon zest, toast and roasted nuts, with a refreshing dry, chalky sensation on the finish, lifted by tangy acidity that tastes like fine shavings of citrus peel.
In short, this is a fantastic sparkling wine that proves the quality potential of Cava. So, the next time you go in search of something seriously indulgent in the world of fizz, don’t forget the options available in Spain, and the excellence of Can Sala."