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Celler Pardas "Blau Cru" Malvasia de Sitges '17

Catalonia

Celler Pardas "Blau Cru" Malvasia de Sitges '17

Malvasia de Sitges was once an important variety, often used to make sweet wines around the town of Sitges. After phylloxera, the grape essentially vanished, only to make a slow comeback that began in the 1980's.

Ramón Parera and Jordi Arnan have been working with Malvasia de Sitges for some time, previously blending it into a cuvée called "Rupestris." They now believe the grape can stand on its own, and have introduced this brand new wine called "Blau Cru."

Malvasia de Sitges is a grape with a lot of natural acidity. It can also display great minerality. So much so that Ramón has referred to it as a Mediterranean version of Riesling.

While there are some similarities to Dry Riesling, Malvasia de Sitges in the hands of Celler Pardas stands out on its own. The 2017 is absolutely gorgeous, with aromatics of white peach, lemon, flowers and mineral. On the palate there a good core of citrus fruit, along with a medium weight body, silky texture, and long vibrant finish. Contrary to its past, this is a dry wine.

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Spain

Details

Producer Celler Pardas
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Malvasia di Sitges

Acidity

3 / 5

Tannin

1 / 5

Body

2 / 5

Sweetness

1 / 5

Fruity

4 / 5

Funky

1 / 5

Penedès, Spain

Celler
Pardas

Celler Pardas is located in the Alt Penedès region of Catalunya, an area well known for being the heart of Cava country (Spain's sparkling wine). They have chosen, however, not to make sparkling wine, rather they focus on still wines produced from local varieties.

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