During the time since I started the cava project, I realized that there are some cava makers I especially should like to visit now when I go down to Sant Sadurní in September, to attend the harvest. To large extent because some are of great importance, and others because they of one reason or another distinguished themselves. Among these are of course the giants Freixenet and Codorniu given on the list, but also Gramona, Segura Viuda, Albet in Noya and August Torello Mata. This latter eyeing the creator of the famous cava Kripta.
Kripta was created the first time in 1979 by Agusti Torello Mata. His goal was to create a cava that was completely unique, from some of the oldest vineyards in the Penédes. He waited thirty years to promote it, since he initially made it exclusively “for family, friends and great connoisseurs.”
Kripta is a Brut Nature and consists of the traditional cava grapes, Macabeu 45 percent, Xarel.lo 20 percent and 35 percent Parellada. It is stored at least 48 months on its lees with a cork and therefore classed as Grand Reserva, resulting in more mature and more complex tones in the flavor and aroma.
Because I suddenly got a huge urge to try this cava and not wait until September when I go, I contacted the importer. Sine due to my careful study of the swedish monopoly’s cava assortment, I know Kripta is not available, even through the special ordering service. The importer confirmed that the so-called “personal imports” is the way to go to lay your hands on this cult cava. He also said that Kripta existed at some point in the monopoly’s range,
but has been removed. I’ve said it before and will say it again … 490 champagnes and 61 cavas are available at the monopoly. The other bubbles we will not even talk about. It makes you want to cry or slap someone deciding about these things at the monopoly really hard in the face!
Much as I want a Kripta already this afternoon, I realize that it will never be. And although private imports are not such a hassle, I will just wait untilI go to Barcelona