Totus Tuus Cava Reserva
Tutus Tuus is much more than meets the eye. In a blind tasting, this Cava will be likely confused by a fine grower Champagne. The family-project of Totus Tuus started with the 2007 harvest, with the purpose of making a fuller-bodied sparkling that is capable of ageing in addition to showing more complexity than your typical Cava. The Latin expression Totus Tuus, means: “everything for you” or “all yours”. In the same way the wine Muti is made in honor to Patrick Mata's mother, Totus Tuus is made in honor to Alberto Orte's mother. To experience this premium sparkling to fullest, decanting for 20 minutes is suggested.
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE? Totus Tuus is aged for 20 months before it is released. Totus Tuus is a premium sparkling wine with a Mediterranean flair. Estate-bottled Cava that is a Spanish equivalent to “Grower Champagne” for a fraction of the cost.
RATING HISTORY: 90 points by Robert Parker - Dec. 2014
GRAPE: 40% Chardonnay, 18% Xarello, 18% Macabeo, 18% Parellada, 6% Pinot Noir. Vines planted in 1975. Tended in limestone and sand with clay subsoil at 273 m (896 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: This Cava has very expressive floral, clover, citrus and mineral aromas that are a great match for meat, fish and chicken tapas. Totus Tuus has a bright, dry, lively mineral character that will compliment sweet, savory or spicy flavors with equal facility. It will most likely take you quite some time to find a food that this Cava won't pair well with!
VINIFICATION AND AGEING: Primary fermentation in stainless steel followed by secondary fermentation in the bottle. The lees aged in the bottle for 20 months. By law Cava needs to aged with its lees for at least 9 months. The lees, a mixture of inactive yeast and good sediment help the wine achieve richer flavors and smaller bubbles through time.
PRODUCTION: 1,400 cases
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE: The vineyards are located within the Penedés region (Zone 5) in northeastern Spain, a few miles south of Barcelona in the subregion of Alt Penedés. The estate is located in the village of Maset at 273 meters (896 ft.) elevation. The High Penedés has been growing French grape varieties for centuries. The earliest reference is the Roman occupation of Spain during the 3rd Century A.D. The soils are limestone and sand with clay subsoil. The texture of the topsoil allows for good water drainage, while the subsoil has good water retention, an ideal equilibrium. The medium soil pH and low percentage of organic matter results in balanced acidity and moderate yields of grapes from the vines. The average temperature from April-October is 66.3F. The days have hot temperatures and the nights are moderate for this high Mediterranean region. In this case, “high” refers to the northern latitude and “Mediterranean” the area proximity to the sea. The annual rainfall is 23.9 inches.
TASTING NOTES: Totus Tuus Cava shows bright aromas of peach, lemon and orange zest, with a touch of licorice. The wine is concentrated, tactile and dense in the mouth, with a sappy, stony character to its citrus, pit fruit and anise flavors. Shows richness and vivacity in the mouth and the bright finish is long.
All photos: Friederike Paetzold