Freixenet Cava brut, 2010

Freixenet (pronounced fresh-net) Vintage Especial, 2010, Brut, Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, Spain

The typical blend of macabeo (floral, honey), xarel.lo (apple, citrus) and parellada (floral); mushroom cork closure, 12% abv. Widely available at about £15.

Vinification – metodo tradicional, minimum 9 months lees ageing (15 for a Reserva, and 30 months for a Gran Reserva); minimum pressure of 4 atm; alcohol limits 10.8-12.8% abv.  The brut style is < 15g/l residual sugar.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance – pale intensity gold, showing small bubbles and tears.

Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of bergamot oil, lemon zest, some warm stone fruit notes – apricot, and hay.

Palate – dry, with medium (+) acidity, no tannin, medium (-) alcohol and medium (-) body, with medium (+) intensity flavours of lemony citrus, white grapefruit and the slightest hint of the bakery. A creamy mousse, with a long persistence, and a crisp finish on a medium length.

Quality – a good quality wine, of modest complexity, yet good fruit concentration, harmonious, with a balance between acidity and alcohol + residual sugar, with a creamy mousse and a clean, crisp finish.

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