A cracking biodynamic Xarel-lo - one of the three traditional Cava grapes - that would flummox most in a blind tasting. Long lees ageing has given great creaminess to the broad pear fruit, kept vibrant by citrus acidity. Beautiful focus and originality.
Pair with oysters and raw seafood, white meats and grilled fish.
"Lovely aroma of ripe pears and creamy stone fruit, really creamy, somehow like puréed fruit with a touch of vanilla even though the wine is unoaked and tangy. The lees have given a richness on the nose and a touch of spice on the palate. Bags of lovely fresh yet rounded fruit and a surprising intensity on the palate for a wine with such moderate alcohol. Fresh aftertaste that is more stony than fruity." 16/20 (2019 vintage), Jancis Robinson
Pares Balta 'Calcari' Xarel-lo
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