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The Wine Society's Generation Series Cava Gran Reserva Brut 2019

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1972 marked the birth of the denominacion 'Cava' as Spain’s sparkling wine, including the requirement for Cava to follow the traditional method where the second fermentation, which adds the sparkle, occurs within the bottle it is sold in. The small family producer of Sumarroca is behind this wine, aged for over two years on its lees, and then specially for the 150th bottling spends a further year in bottle after being disgorged. This enhances the toasty, appley flavour and mouthfeel, exuding the often underrated high quality of Cava. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
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Code: SG4171

Wine characteristics

  • Sparkling Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • 75cl
  • Within two years of purchase
  • 12% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Champagne cork
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Organic

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The Sumarroca family have been making wine for several generations, and so good is it that we asked them to make our Society’s own-label Cava. It was a natural fit to turn to them for an extra special bottling to celebrate our 150th anniversary.

Husband and wife Carlos and Nuria Sumarroca have owned their 15th-century estate in Penedès since 1982, having moved there so they could begin producing white and sparkling wines. Since their inception, their philosophy has been to focus on making innovative, characterful, balanced wines rather than competing with larger wineries: their emphasis is always on quality rather than quantity.

They use only their own fruit so that they can have ultimate control over what ends up in the bottle, and they are the largest cava producer to make their wines entirely from estate-grown grapes. Only free-run juice is used (the pressed juice is sold to other bodegas) and farming is sustainable.

Bodegas Sumarroca

The Sumarroca family have been making wine for several generations. They began in the village of Llimiana in Jussa, before moving to the more premium wine-growing area of Penedès nearer Barcelona. Husband and wife Carlos and Nuria Sumarroca bought a 15th-century estate there in 1982 so they could begin producing white and sparkling wines. Since their inception, their philosophy has been to focus on making innovative, characterful, balanced wines rather than competing with larger wineries: their emphasis is always on quality rather than quantity.

To that aim, in 1999 they bought nearly 405ha of land, meaning that they can now use 100% of their own grapes and have ultimate control over the fruit that goes into their wine. This newer land means they are the largest cava producer to make their wines entirely from estate-grown fruit. Production is tightly managed: they use only free-run juice (the pressed juice is sold to other bodegas) and practise sustainable farming to preserve the vineyards for future generations. To further secure their estate for their heirs, they also maintain research projects into new production methods and practise sustainable farming in the vineyards.

They might own some of the prettiest vineyards in the area, but their pickers unfortunately don’t benefit from the views: all harvesting is done at night to ensure grapes are picked at optimum cool temperatures. Pinot noir is grown to make their rosado, whereas their regular cava is made from the...
The Sumarroca family have been making wine for several generations. They began in the village of Llimiana in Jussa, before moving to the more premium wine-growing area of Penedès nearer Barcelona. Husband and wife Carlos and Nuria Sumarroca bought a 15th-century estate there in 1982 so they could begin producing white and sparkling wines. Since their inception, their philosophy has been to focus on making innovative, characterful, balanced wines rather than competing with larger wineries: their emphasis is always on quality rather than quantity.

To that aim, in 1999 they bought nearly 405ha of land, meaning that they can now use 100% of their own grapes and have ultimate control over the fruit that goes into their wine. This newer land means they are the largest cava producer to make their wines entirely from estate-grown fruit. Production is tightly managed: they use only free-run juice (the pressed juice is sold to other bodegas) and practise sustainable farming to preserve the vineyards for future generations. To further secure their estate for their heirs, they also maintain research projects into new production methods and practise sustainable farming in the vineyards.

They might own some of the prettiest vineyards in the area, but their pickers unfortunately don’t benefit from the views: all harvesting is done at night to ensure grapes are picked at optimum cool temperatures. Pinot noir is grown to make their rosado, whereas their regular cava is made from the traditional macabeo, xarello, and parellada grapes. The addition of a small amount of chardonnay adds an extra dimension that sets this cava above its competitors, one of the reasons why we chose Sumarroca for The Society label.
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The Times

Hats off then to The Wine Society for its recently launched, elegant, sparky, citrus zest 2019 Generation Series Cava Gran Reserva, from the small family firm of Sumarroca. With a noticeably richer, fresh ...
Hats off then to The Wine Society for its recently launched, elegant, sparky, citrus zest 2019 Generation Series Cava Gran Reserva, from the small family firm of Sumarroca. With a noticeably richer, fresh brown bread finish than other similarly priced cavas have, this gran reserva gets more than two years of ageing on its yeasty lees and a further year in the bottle before being released.
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