Marques de Alella’s DO may have decreased significantly in size since we first started stocking it, but decades later it is still one of our most popular Spanish whites. Owned by Parxet – one of the country’s largest cava producers – the wines have a delicate, refreshing hint of spritz.
The Alella DO’s close proximity to Barcelona is both a blessing and a curse: urban development in the city has massively encroached on two-thirds of the winegrowing area, but – like the Parxet Cava – Marques de Alella is a favourite amongst the city’s bars and restaurants.
The Marques de Alella is 100% pansa blanca, a grape variety more commonly known as xarel-lo that is one of the main components of cava. Although pansa blanca grows particularly well in this region, the grapes still undergo vigorous selection process both during the hand harvesting and on the selection table at the winery.
The grapes are pressed in whole clusters before undergoing pre-fermentation maceration to enhance the aroma of the wine. This is furthered by a long, low-temperature fermentation on the lees for up to three months. The wine then rests over winter before being gently fined, and is bottled early, retaining a tiny amount of CO2 to contribute freshness and spritz.