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(2022) An unusual blend of macabeu, albariño, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling, from the very reliable producer Tomàs Cusiné. Peachy and fragrant, with a zippy pear-drop and citrus background, the palate is fresh and lively, iwth a big salts and lemons lick of acidity underpinning the ripe pear fruit. Mouth-watering and rather nice.
(2017) A new wine from Miguel Torres of Spain, coming from the home vineyards in Catalunya and blending white Grenache with Xarel.lo, one of the main grapes of Cava (making still wines from Cava grapes is something of a mini-trend among Catalunyan producers currently). This is also certified organic and made in a very clean, fresh style, the gently tropical fruit notes wrapped with a very gentle creaminess, before a crisp, crunchy apple and citrus palate, again just a glimpse of papaya or Ogen melon adding a dry but exotic, subtle tang.
(2016) From a small collective of four farmers, working indigenous vines planted by their ancestors in the northeat of Spain, this is 100% Xarel.lo, one of the principle varieties in Cava, and just occasionally popping up in table wines. This has a punchy, slightly sherbetty nose of crisp nutty apple and lime, a touch of lime blossom too, a hint of Epsom salts. On the palate it is just as vivacious, crackling over the tongue quite delightfully, long and racy with citrus and salt in the finish. A delight, and packed with character.
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