Can Rafols dels Caus Penedes
This is among the very best sources of Penedes and Cava, in particular a number of stunning white wines. Carlos Esteva began restoring the vineyards on the old family estate in 1979 after they had fallen into a state of some disrepair. His key to success is the approach in the vineyards which are farmed organically and pruning and harvesting is all done manually. The vineyards are located around 15 kms inland from the Mediterranean and enjoy a maritime climate and benefit from an altitude of 300 metres as well as cooling sea breezes. The terroir is ideal for high quality wine production with sparse and well-drained rocky soils with traces of limestone.
The whites are particularly striking with a piercing minerality present in all the wines. Gran Caus is Xarello, Chardonnay and Chenin,Xarello Pairal 100 % varietal from a single vineyard, La Calma unusually Chenin Blanc and from a single vineyard with a very calcareous soil emphasised by the intense citrus and mineral qualities of the wine. The top wine here though is the brilliant EL Rocallís, rich nutty and concentrated as well as maintaining that mineral character. It comes from the rare Incroccio Manzoni. The Gran Caus rosado comes from Merlot and has sufficient structure to work well with food. The Gran Caus red is a Bordeaux style red blend of the two Cabernets and Merlot with some cedary complexity, Ad Fines a varietal Pinot Noir and the Caus Lubis a varietal Merlot of real dark, plummy depth and concentration. A number of other reds are also available, including a special limited release red 30 Aniversario. Entry level wines are also produced under the Petit Caus label along with three Cavas. (DM)
❁ Can Rafols dels Caus Penedes www.canrafolsdelscaus.com
Can Rafols dels Caus SL 08793 Avinyonet del Penedes (Barcelona)
Tel: 938 970013 Fax: 938 970370
To find out more about Can Rafols dels Caus and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Regional Guide to North-East Spain..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines. (DM)