Can’t pronounce it and never heard of it I hear you cry but if you look on most bottles of Spanish Cava you will find Xarel-lo is one of the three main grapes used to make their fabulous sparkling wines.
This bottle is a 100% Xarel-lo (pronounced Shre-lo) made in the Penedes region of north-east Spain and not a bubble in sight. It’s a still wine that is wonderfully fresh and vibrant and has a Cava/Champagne flavour without the fizz although there is a slight zingy after-taste.
When poured it was very clear straw like colour with a very pronounced nose of peaches and cream, lemon curd and freshly buttered toast.
On first sip it is extremely bright with a sharp acidic kick. Again the peaches are there with apricots and some limes thrown in the mix but there is also a hint of rich creaminess about it.
Maybe not to everyone’s taste as this wine still has a sharp almost sour flavour but mixed with the richness the wonderful fruit and the slight breadiness this is a very good, unusual, interesting wine and I really liked it. Chilled on a hot summers day this would be perfect.
My Rating 8/10 Corks
M&S £10 ( bought on offer for £7)