Cava Brut Reserva "Totus Tuus" NV, Alberto Orte
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The family project of Totus Tuus started with the '07 harvest with the purpose of making a fuller bodied sparkling that is capable of aging in addition to showing more complexity than your typical Cava. The Latin expression Totus Tuus, means: "everything for you" or "all yours." Totus Tuus is made in honor to Alberto Orte's mother.
40% Chardonnay, 18% Xarello, 18% Macabeo, 18% Parellada, 6% Pinot Noir
VINEYARD: Vines planted in 1975. Tended in limestone and sand with clay subsoil at 273 m (896 ft) elevation.
WINEMAKING: 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 be 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.
Alberto Orte Espejo was born in Madrid and now lives in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz) with his family. In 1999, at the age of 24, he partnered with his friend Patrick Mata, a native of Malaga, and created Ole Imports. Alberto handles the selection of wines and winemaking in Spain while Patrick manages the commercial and marketing part of the business in the USA.
In 2003, Patrick and Alberto decided to establish another company that was directly involved in the production of wine in different areas of Spain, so they created the Vinos Atlántico, whose fundamental mission is to find great vineyard-sites and indigenous varietals from old vines in high elevation vineyards tended in low yielding, balanced soil which will be used as the raw material to handcraft their wines.
Alberto Orte Vinos is a division of Vinos Atlántico that highlights wines farmed and vinified by Alberto from beginning to end, thus warranting his talent and status as one of the great active vintners in Spain.