Named after, and sitting on the Via Avgvsta, an ancient road designed to increase commerce during the Roman ages, Augustus is located in the beautiful Baix Penedes region of Spain, just a few kilometers from the sea. In 1983, after oenological tests confirmed that the unique microclimate and calcerous soils were ideal for grape growing, the Roca family bought a 9.9 hectare property called Les Deveses, and built a winery. In addition to their Les Deveses property, the Rocas also lease and manage vineyards in the surrounding area. Augustus plants Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Xarel-lo, Syrah, and Chardonnay, varietals that flourish when exposed to the hot Mediterranean sun during the day and the cool breezes coming off the ocean in the evening. Owned and managed by a dedicated and incredibly talented family, Cellers Augustus Forum is one of the best producers the region. Winemaker: Enric Roca
The Trajanus 2005 is made from 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc. It goes through cold maceration for two days, and is then fermented for two weeks in stainless-steel tanks. The intense maceration lasted two more weeks. The wine is barrel-aged in French oak for 21 months.
The 2007 Chardonnay is made from 100% Chardonnay. The fruit is hand-harvested, and then pressed. The must goes through alcoholic fermentation in new French oak (Nevers) barrels before the wine is left on its lees in the same barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for a total of 4.5 months before being bottled. Wine Advocate called this the best Chardonnay he’s ever tasted from Penedes.
The 2010 Xarel-lo is made from 100% Xarel-lo. The wine was must-fermented directly in new French oak barrels, and did not do the malolactic fermentation in order to preserve a good acidity. Wine remained inside the barrels for one month, after which it passed to the tanks, where it aged with its lees for two months with periodic stirring.
Cellers Augustus Forum wines we feature:
- Trajanus, 2005
- Chardonnay, 2007
- Xarel-lo, 2010