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AT Roca

AT Roca Classic Penedes Rose Reserva 2019


no added sulfur

Country: Spain

Region: Penedès

Type: Sparkling Wine

Grape: Macabeu/Garnatxa

A revolution is taking place in Penedès and AT Roca is at the vanguard. After decades under the control of the huge and dominating Cava DO, a handful of producers have defected. It started with a single winery, but slowly more and more quality sparkling wine producers are disassociating themselves from this DO that has nothing to do with a sense of place. Catalans have never been afraid of separating from the masses, and in the heart of Catalunya, AT Roca is no different. 

With a focus on vineyards and wines with a sense of place, AT Roca uses only indigenous yeasts and harvests 100% of their grapes by hand (most grapes in Cava are harvested by machine). Sulfur is only used once to block malolactic as an effort to retain the natural acidity of the grapes. All of the winery's sparkling wines are zero dosage.

The Garnatxa is gently macerated with its skins for 9-12 hours, giving the wine a very pale pink hue. The Macabeu for this wine comes from the Massís del Garraf subzone, grown in calcareous gravel soils at 320-420m elevation, whereas the Garnatxa comes from a lower area in Conca de l’Anoia where the soil is more clay-calcareous. Primary fermentation is in stainless steel using natural yeasts, and then aged sur lie for a minimum of 20 months. Fresh and crisp, with bright acidity.