L’Olivera Reserva Superior
L’Olivera sparkling wines are the result of our initial intuition that this land could produce unique wines based on historical varieties. We began to make sparkling wine in the early 1990s, following the traditional method and with a view to respecting the character of each individual variety to produce fine-bubbled and fresh medium- or long-aged wine.
L’Olivera Reserva Superior is an organic Macabeo single-variety which retains in each bottle the expression of the dry land where it is made: the soft evening sea breeze and deep soil enable the grapes to keep their freshness and this is transferred into the wine with the acidic structure characteristic to L’Olivera. With a light aging in the barrel, this sparkling wine allows us to appreciate a certain evolution, with a good integration of carbon dioxide, fine bubbles and touches of brioche thanks to an ageing process of more than 24 months that make it both a complex and mature sparkling wine.
ORIGIN: Vineyards around Vallbona de les Monges in the Corb River Valley subzone of the Costers del Segre DO. Plots characterised by the drystone walls that surround the vineyards, preserving the fertility of the soil and the efficiency of the water.
SOIL: Chalky clay soil with variable levels of stoniness and depth.
CLIMATE: The climate is continental Mediterranean, with cold dry winters and hot summers tempered by the soft evening breeze blowing in from the sea that cools the night, particularly during the ripening season. The scarce rainfall is concentrated in autumn and spring (350-450 mm yearly).
Organic farming. Selected manual harvesting in crates of 10-12 kg.
The base wine is fermented at a controlled temperature in a stainless-steel vat and later aged in an oak barrel for three months. Tirage takes place in spring with a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine is then left to rest in the cellar for at least 24 months. It is disgorged by hand and at room temperature and no extra sugar is added.
2018 vintage: 5,268 bottles
L'Olivera Reserva Superior 2018
Characteristics of the vintage
The 2018 winter was characterised by heavy rains (625 mm). This forced us to care regularly for the vine to ensure its proper quality. The good weather during harvest let us get the crop in under optimal conditions and at a balanced state of ripening. Harvest began on 5 September and ended on 17 October.
Viticulture and wine processing
Certified organic dry land farming. Selected manual harvesting in plots of organic Macabeo. The base wine is fermented at a controlled temperature (17-18ºC) in stainless steel vats ant then it involves a process of ageing in French and American oak barrels for three months. Tirage in the bottle takes place in February and April, and the wine is then left to rest in the cellar for at least 24 months at a temperature of 12-15ºC. Humidity is also controlled. It is disgorged in small batches by hand at room temperature and no extra sugar is added.
Alcohol content: 12%
Total acidity: 3.19 g/l (sulphuric acid)
Volatile acidity: 0.44 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.4 g/l (glucose+fructose)
Total sulphur: 82 mg/l
Golden yellow color with small bubbles. Complex on the nose, with aromas of aging, roasted and aniseed notes. The aromas of brioche and nuts stand out with a hint of candied orange peel and apple pie. Long and tasty on the palate, with a fine bubble and hints of toastet hazelnut. Long and intense aftertaste, with nuances of toasted and brioche notes. L’Olivera Reserva Superior is a very gastronomic sparkling wine, recommended with high-intensity dishes such as blue fish or gouda and camembert cheeses.
2023: 91 points (2018 vintage)
2021: 90 points (2016 vintage)
2019: 87 points (2014 vintage)
bronze medal (2018 vintage)
International Wine Awards 2019:
Gold medal (2014 vintage)
Tassello d’Oro 2016: