This week our virtual wine travels take us to Penedès and Barcelona. Barcelona is the gastronomic centre of Catalonia and Penedès is the most important wine region in the area, perhaps best known for its Cava production. But there’s way more to Catalan wines than just Cava.
So this week we have chosen Vora la Mar “Xarel-lo”, a grape which is more often found as a blend in Cava than as a standalone variety. But in the right hands, this grape can offer something quite special as a single varietal wine. Its intense aromas are what gives Cava its unique character, and it has a vibrancy and super fresh acidity that gives the wine great ageing potential.
Vora la Mar is a collaboration between a group of young organic producers and Eric Narioo of Vino di Anna (Sicily). Together they have produced a wine that really gives a sense of place – textured and saline, that hints of the Mediterranean sea air, which finds its way into the vineyards from the coast just 2km away.
It has a beautiful nose filled with ﬂoral and citrus aromas. The palate is wonderfully fresh, precise and vibrant with an earthy, herbal edge and those unforgettable saline notes. A perfect match for the many wonderful dishes Catalonia has to offer, particularly those inspired by the Mediterranean Sea.
This week’s tastes will include some of our Catalan favourites. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by midday Thursday if you’d like to join our adventure. €50 box for 2 people. Collection Friday 19 Mar from 5 -6.30pm.
Our wine shop will be closed on Wednesday this week due to Paddy’s Day, but we’ll be back open as normal on Thursday from 11 till 5.