Amós Bañeres, Hey!
For fans of the classic cava taste who are daring to dip their toe in the natural pond. Dry, zippy acidity, with a hint of apple.
Grape: Macabeu, Xarello
Place: Catalunya, Spain
In 2011 Amos Baneres swapped in his life as a Barcelona pharmacist for 5.5 hectares of old vines on a hillside outside Vilafranca del Penedès, Catalonia. Penedès, an ancient river bed and a repository of fossilized oysters, is principally cava terroir. But Amos makes still wines from his indigenous cava grapes. He has small parcels of Xarel-lo, Macabeu, Perellada, plus some Garnatxa on the hill, planted on a mix of limestone, calcareous clay and sand. He vinifies in the shed at the back of his house, where there’s scope to press one 228 litre barrel a day.