Juve y Camps "Essential" Reserva Xarel-lo Cava 2016 (Catalonia, Spain)

Juve y Camps "Essential" Reserva Xarel-lo Cava 2016
(Catalonia, Spain)

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Notes from the Winemaker:
Aged for fifteen months before its release, this Cava displays a nice yellow color with some greenish and steely tinges. It also has a textbook aromatic expression of the Xarel-lo grape and discreet notes of fennel, garrigue, rosemary and thyme along with touches of white fruit and dry fruit. On the other hand, the wine shows some bread-like, creamy notes coming from the yeasts. This Cava is fresh, gentle and creamy, with bitter notes of aromatic herbs, touches of dry fruit and a tense acidity. Nice little bubbles, long finish and a pleasant overall sensation.

Food Pairing:
Perfectly pairs with salty goat and sheep milk cheeses, dried and cured meats, mushroom tarts, salmon blinis and foie gras.

Juve y Camps has decided to pay homage to Xarel-lo, the grape that forms the backbone of most Catalan Cavas, by releasing a sparkling wine crafted exclusively from this variety. "Essential" Xarell-o Reserva Brut was crafted using only the "free-run" juice coming from grapes grown in the Espiells and Can Rius estates, both located in Central Penedes and belonging to the Cava DO. Located at an altitude between 185 and 245 meters, the vines grow in soils composed of clay and limestone that are strategically protected from northern climatic influences by the neighboring Montserrat Mountain.

Analytical Data:
Alcohol: 12.0 %
pH level: 3.5
Residual sugar: 8.5 g/L
Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Dry extract: 26.3 g/L

Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - James Suckling (2015):
"Vibrant lemon zest and candied lemon character. Rather light body but great vitality. This is an extremely refreshing dry Cava with some sophistication." (Aug 2018)

Decanter Magazine (2015):
"A great introduction to single-varietal Cavas from native grapes, this hand-harvested, traditional-method sparkler offers plenty of personality with varietal notes of fennel and Mediterranean herbs. Focussed acidity underpins the fresh, citrus palate, with some savoury complexity and a touch of salinity on the crisp finish. Good value for money." - Julie Sheppard (Oct 2018)