Airfield or vineyard... Nadal has been both.

We all know about Franco, but spending time here in Catalonia makes you realize that it is really not at all long since he died and the scars he left on this land are very vivid to be sure. 
Visiting the cava producer Nadal, makes this "history" even more resent, and I will tell you why.

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On Tuesday the 21st we had the privilege to once again visit Nadal, this time with both our children, since Karl-Bertil was not born last time we were here. But taking a left and driving down the road between the vineyards made it feel like only yesterday we were here. 
That road is also very special since it makes a line between the two vineyards where the one on the left was pulled up by Franco's men, and the one on the right left alone. One morning they were just there, pulling up the vines to make an airfield. An airfield later to be used to fly in and bomb Barcelona. Part of the winery was expropriated too, and used as a hangar. It's hard to believe it know when you see it. 

This year its Nadal's 70 year anniversary as cavamakers and of course you can taste the experience in their cavas, elegant but yet strong is how I would describe their portfolio if I could only use two words. Now when I soon will be going back to Sweden I will make some space in the luggade for some bottles of Salvatge and RNG. 

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Xavier Nadal who is the owner and winemaker, does only use the three traditional grapes (Xarel-lo, Macabeu and Parellada) for his white cavas, and to make the terroir shine through as much as possible, he does not use wood in any part of the process. 

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Although I do like the entire portfolio, my long term favorite has been (and is still) the Salvatge Rosé, made from Pinot Noir. It is elegant but still strong. Terribly easy to fall in love with! Luckily for all you Swedes, Salvatge rosé is rumored to come to the swedish monopoly soon, and I will be a big customer!
Salvatge means savage in Catalan, but I must admit that even though it is powerful, it is still super elegant. I prefer to read it as wild, as it is a clean expression of the land it is from. Either way it is amazing!

If you get the chance to try any of Nadal's cavas you really should!


Ny höjdare på Systembolaget

nadalSom jag har väntat, men idag släpps den äntligen! Systembolaget har blivit bättre även på cava när det kommer till beställningssortimentet på senaste tid, men i ordinarie sortiment har det fortfarande varit skralt med cavor som åtminstånde rör sig mot hundralappen. Detta har spätt på den bild som redan finns om att cava är billigt bubbel. Så ÄNTLIGEN kommer en Gran Reserva som kommer att nå fler genom det ordinarie srotimentet (dessvärre inte alla pga bolagets nya modell där butikerna styr mer själva).

Det är huset Nadal som kommer att värma våra hjärtan framöver i vintermörkret, med sin Brut Nature Gran Reserva från 2008. Och nej, den har ingenting med den kända tennisstjärnan att göra, men namnet gör den ganska lätt att komma ihåg.

Nadal brut nature 2008,  är gjord på parellada, xarel-lo och macabeu och är underbart krispig, med fin syra och välutveckalde aromer. Marsipan, nötter och kex från lagringen, som också ger en mjuk mousse som ligger fint i munnen. Frukt finns också kvar från druvorna, både äpple och pärontoner som ger fräschör.

Detta är helt enkelt en underbart prisvärd cava för bara 149:-. Helt sjukt faktiskt när man tänker på det. Den är ju faktiskt från 2008!

Så mitt tips är självfallet att du kollar om ditt närmaste systembolag har tagit in Nadal Brut Nature, för chansen är stor att de har de om du bor i en förhållandevis stor stad.

CIMG0032 Finca Nadal i vinterskrud vilket inte händer ofta.

Utdrag ut vår senaste bok "Barcelona & Penedés, upplev cava på plats" Can Nadal grundades på 1500-talet och sedan dess har vin odlats på gården som ligger nära Torrelavit. Ramón Nadal Giró som grundade företaget Nadal, planterade om samtliga vingårdar 1941 då dessa under general Franco och det spanska inbördeskriget hade jämnats med marken för att ge plats åt start- och landningsbanor. När man står i provningsrummet en trappa upp i huset och ser ut över de underbara vinrankorna är det svårt att tänka sig att det var här bombplanen startade för att flyga sina nattliga räder över Barcelona. tanken är svinlande. Nu syns ingenting av det förflutna, men folket här omkring har inte glömt och bär med sig det som hände deras släktningar.

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Programa Terra i Vi - great short programs!

Andréas and me have for a long time wondered why there is so little information about Penedès and the cava and wine producers in a informative, simple and professional manner? It is so easy to create films, clips and use social media to promote whatever it is you want to promote. 
The individual producers are often great with social media, but there has been very quiet from the region at large. Of course I might have missed something, but if I did maybe that just tells us that it did not reach that many, at least not internationally where the big market is to be honest. Skärmavbild 2014-08-25 kl. 11.32.19Now the Penedès region seems to have pulled together and started short informative programs available on youtube called Programa Terra Vi. Absolutely fabulous! Finally! But unfortunately we seem to have to wait for the versions with English subtitles, because as always it is all in Spanish. The Youtube translation service does not work in an optimal way unfortunately.

The programs are around 13 minutes long and focuses on one producer in each program, plus some information about winemaking in general. It is all very structured and inspirational, and at the end of each show Ton Collet, sommelier at Vinseum Taverna, gives a few opinions about some of the chosen wines from the producer in question. 
It is great to see Ton in action, and that his great knowledge is put to good use. Ton has thought Andréas and me so much about local wines, and we always get a great recommendation when we want to try something new at the taverna.

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So far there are thirteen shows available that focuses on the following producers: 1. Sumarroca 2. Heretat Mont Rubí 3. Loxarel 4. Domènech Vidal 5. Nadal 6. Llopart 7. Oriol Rossell 8. Albet i Noya 9. Mas Bertran 10. Mas Tinell 11. Can Bas 12. Vilarnau 13. Can Descregut

I can really recommend them if you want to learn more about the region. Well done to D.O Penedès who is the organisation behind the movies!

We want to see more of this! And hopefully in english!