This is a bonny, fresh, appley style of wine that just wants to be a good drink. There's plenty of citrus and crunchy green apples on the nose, and this translates to the palate flavours. There's a bit of vanilla and creaminess to the mouthfeel, too, along with a touch of sweetness, and a refreshing finish. It's a good party starter!
Cava production is ‘methode champenoise’, called ‘metodo tradicional’ in Spain. Typically, only white grapes are used. Chardonnay is making inroads, but the traditional white varieties of the region predominate: Macabeo (macca-bow), picked earliest, growing best near the coast; Xarel.lo (char-rell-low) from the Penedes depression, and Parellada (pa-rey-yada) from the pre- coastal mountain range. Malo is rarely affected, due to the relative warmth of Penedes.
D.O. Cava is a curious wine region, as it is, technically, non-geographic. Mostly, Cava is produced in the wine region of Penedès, an hour south of Barcelona, and just inland from the coast. Although nearly all sparkling Cava is produced here, there are small productions licensed in other areas, and thus Cava is a D.O. which limits itself to concerns about how, not where, Cava is grown and made. That said, you may well go your whole life without tasting a non-Penedès Cava.
Cava comes in 3 main price/style bands. At the entry level, the best are delightfully simple, easy-to-drink apple-fresh + earth bubblers, and startling value. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some creatively expensive ‘Champagne’-styled wines with great depth and richness from long lees ageing, and in-between, a very, very good value spectrum where apple-earth-fresh meets yeasty leesy richness in a unique between-world.
Situated in Penedès, Torreblanca is a family owned finca or single vineyard of 22 hectares in the village of Moja, near Vilafranca del Penedès, in the centre of the main zone of production for quality Cava.
Tasting Notes: Fresh, mineral nose; white nectarine, honey wafers, apple, crunchy aspect. Uncomplicated, correct palate
with classic Cava lemony-apple-macadamia fruit; fine with shale and waxy florals. Beautifully simple and very stylish. 7 g/l residual, aged 19 months. 35% Macabeo, 25% Xarel.lo, 40% Parellada.