Cava Brut Nature Reserva. 24 months in bottle. Winery: Naverán. D.O. Cava. (Catalonia) Variety: Chardonnay, Xarel·lo, Macabeo and Parellada.
Cava Brut Nature Reserva. 24 months in bottle. Winery: Naverán. D.O. Cava. (Catalonia) Variety: Pinot Noir
Cava Brut Reserva. 24 months in bottle. Winery: Naverán. D.O. Cava. (Catalonia) Variety: Pinot Noir
When we speak of the origins of the Naveran farm, we have to trace back to the 11th century, a date testified by the Romanesque chapel that is still there. However, if we want to refer to the beginning of their winemaking tradition, we must approach the 19th century, when Pablo Parellada de Naveran, of noble origin, and upon his return from Argentina in search of his fortune, married the daughter of the Marquis of Naveran, lord of Guernika, and bought the farm where the family would settle. When the phylloxera was over, Mr Pablo replanted the farm with vines of the Montonec variety –now known as Parellada, in memory of its name. Over time, it would become essential in the production of cava. Then, he started the wine business at the same time as he built a winery that is still partly preserved today.
Mr Pablo is followed by his daughter, Antonia Parellada. With the help of her husband, René Guilleron, a Swiss national, she encouraged their son Michel, the current owner of the winery, to modernise and maintain the spirit and family character of the winery’s founders. However, it was not until 1985 when Michel printed the name Naveran on the labels of his wines. From this date onwards, the winery gradually experienced a rise in marketing, and started to develop what is nowadays one of the exemplary wineries of the modern Penedés, without excessively taking refuge in conservative traditionalism.
History of the winery
The wineries and cavas Naveran were founded in 1984 by its current Managing Director, Michel Gillieron Parellada de Naveran, a graduate in Oenology from the École d’Ingénieurs de Changins (Switzerland). Determined to promote a project rooted in the land of his ancestors, he has wanted to preserve the traditional and family character that his wineries always had.
Michel is a kind man, melancholic of his childhood in this farm, an entrepreneur and advanced in knowing the winemaking possibilities of the region of Penedés.
The wineries are located on the farm Can Parellada, one of the largest properties in Alt Penedès, with 110 hectares, near Sant Martí Sadevesa, in the municipality of Torrelavit. The winery was designed under the concept of a small ‘chateau’, and has a family farmhouse and several buildings, which house wineries, underground warehouses for ageing, and product storage.
Some of the details that support this well-deserved success in the national and international market are the consecutive awards and mentions obtained in national and international competitions.
The wineries have a capacity of one million litres, in stainless steel deposits, and 500 French barrels made of oak from Limousin. Its annual production is of around 500,000 bottles, where 50% are Cava and the other 50% are still wine.
The uniqueness of the farm’s terrain, which is characterised by its natural gradients and the predominance of slopes with a slight inclination, favours the cultivation of the grapes, which receive the beneficial influence of the sun most of the day. The winery has 115 hectares of its own vineyards, which guarantee the supply of the necessary grapes for the production of all its wines. In the vineyards of Can Parellada they cultivate the white varieties of Penedès, like the Maccabeu, Xarello and Parellada, apart from other white varieties like Viognier and Chardonnay, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo) and Merlot.
Faithful to the traditional philosophy of their ancestors, the growth and quality of the vines is taken care of with a personalised attention to the grape bunches, guaranteeing a perfect degree of ripeness. Naveran treats its vineyards with strictly organic methods. They do not use herbicides; only organic fertilisers. On the other hand, if there is excess rain, the grapes are left to fall off to ensure the quality of the harvest. In the continuous search for maximum quality, they also vouch for innovation.
Wines from Naveran
Below is the list of products made by Naveran:
Naveran “Brutissime” is made with Macabeu, Xarello, and Parellada, with the three varieties fermenting separately. On the nose, it is very pleasant, with fine and light aromas, secondary aromas and those of its ageing in the bottle, which reminisce fruit and fruity impressions. In the mouth, it is full and unctuous, dry and fresh at the same time, with a balanced acidity and an elegant, fruity and long-lasting aftertaste.
Naveran “Nature Millesimé” is made with Maccabeu, Xarello, Parellada and Chardonnay, with an ageing of 2 years in stacks. It has a pale and bright yellow colouring, regular and with a good release of small bubbles that form a crown on the surface. A very pleasant first impression, with fine and light aromas, in addition to the secondary aromas of its ageing, reminiscent of fruit, floral impressions and spices. Exquisite in the mouth, full and unctuous, very dry and fresh at the same time, with a balanced acidity and an elegant, fruity and long-lasting aftertaste.
Naveran “Dama – Vintage” is made with Chardonnay and Parellada, and it is aged for 2 years in stacks. A very pleasant aroma, fine and persistent, with the character of the variety and its ageing. In the mouth, it is pleasant, soft and unctuous, dry and fresh, round and with an elegant, balanced and harmonious aftertaste. It is honest and with a good persistence.
Naveran “Odisea” is made with Chardonnay and Parellada, and it is aged for a minimum of 2 years in stacks. On the nose, it is pleasant, fine and persistent, with the character of the variety and its ageing. In the mouth, it is pleasant, soft and unctuous, dry and fresh, round and with an elegant, balanced and harmonious aftertaste. It is honest and with a good persistence.
Naverran Perles Blanques “Cuvée Antonia” is made with Pinot Noir, Blanc de Noir and Chardonnay. A small part of the latter ferments in oak barrels and is aged for 24 months in stacks. It has a pale bright yellow colouring, with yellow and green reflections. Its small ‘perles blanques’ rise slowly, creating a rosary of whimsical forms that end in the crown. It has a peculiar and pleasant aroma, powerful and fine, with subtle and persistent aromas, and light notes of its ageing. In the mouth, it is personal, unctuous, with nervo and pleasant. It has a persistent and complex aftertaste, with notes of its ageing on lees and a small nuance of its short stay in the barrel.
Naveran Perles Roses “Cuvée Antonia” is made 100% with Pinot Noir and it is aged for a minimum of 2 years in stacks. It has a pale pink colour with reflections of onion skin. On the nose, it is very pleasant, with fine and light aromas, persistent, with the character of the variety and its ageing. In the mouth, it is pleasant, full-bodied and unctuous, with an elegant and very long aftertaste.
Manuela de Naveran is made 100% with Chardonnay. It goes through the alcoholic and the malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. Then, it continues in the barrels for 170 days on its lees. On the nos, it is very pleasant, with aromas that reminisce vanilla, banana, peach, toast, and butter. In the mouth, it is balanced, warm and creamy, full, persistent and tasty, with a complex and long-lasting finish.
Naveran “Clos Antonia” is a white varietal of Viognier fermented in barrels made of oak from Limousin, where it stays for some more months on its lees. It has a pleasant fine and delicate aroma, typical of the variety, intertwined with those of its ageing on lees and the oak, as well as aromas of flowers, fruit, bakery, cream and vanilla. In the mouth, it is very pleasant, tasty, balanced and round, persistent, rich and with a long-lasting aftertaste.
Naveran “Don Pablo” Reserva Excepcional is only made in special harvests and its production is always limited and numbered. It is a varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon, with an ageing of 12 months in oak barrels. On the nose, it is very fine, with an excellent aroma from its ageing where we can also distinguish varietal nuances of the Cabernet Sauvignon, like tobacco, pepper, leather, toast, and red berry jam. Full-bodied, its tannic structure and unctuousness stand out. Elegant and round, with notes of the oak and its varietal origin that stand out. Full aftertaste, harmonious and very long.
Naveran “Clos del Pi” is a wine that comes from the plot Clos del Pi. It is made with the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, and an ageing in French oak barrels for 14 months. Powerful, fine and persistent aromas. Nuances from its ageing prevail, mixed with notes of fruit, spices and fragrances, typical of the Mediterranean undergrowth. In the mouth, it is soft but with a good structure, with ripe tannins, unctuous and persistent. A great wine with an excellent aroma. Well structures, with a very good load and aromatic persistence.
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