The Can Macià estate in Odena - around 50km north west of Barcelona and just 10km from the foothills of Montserrat - dates back 800 years and still belongs to the same family, of which Jordi Casanovas Bohigas is a direct descendant. He, together with his daughter Maria Casanovas Giró, run the winery and estate.Cava is king here. Mas Macià's first Cava was released in 1936, but much of its production was still sold to other Catalan producers. However, investment in the cellars in 2000 led to renewed emphasis on high quality estate-bottled wines, both sparkling and still.The Can Macià estate has over 35 hectares of vineyard, along with forests and wheat fields. The family also owns the 54 hectare Can Batllevell estate in Gelida (half-way between Odena and Barcelona) where its limestone soils and Mediterranean climate lead to early-maturing grapes. These estates combined mean that the family has access to Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada, Garnatxa Blanca, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon - with some vines over 50 years old.At 450m in altitude, the estate is the second highest winery in the region and at the very limit of Cava production.
Mas Macia Cava Brut NV
Dry, sparkling white. The wine is straw yellow in appearance and has a lively bead. The nose displays citrus and toasty notes with a hint of almonds. The palate is clean and refreshing with focused acidity and good length. This is from one of the smaller Cava producers operating in the Penedes region. The smaller scale of this operation allows greater control over fruit quality.