L’Atzar, Reserva, DO Cava, Penedes, Catalonia, Spain, 2016
This wine: lot No. L98-18J, traditional Cava blend, 18 months lees-ageing, agglomerate cork mushroom closure, 11.5% abv, Waitrose, £8 (01/19)
Consumer tasting note: a refreshingly dry alternative to prosecco, with added interest from extended lees ageing; light bodied, with a fine mousse, and a long length of stewed apple, edged with warm digestive biscuit.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep for 1-2 years – Wait. No need to decant.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing small bubbles and tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of apple puree, a touch waxy, delicate leaf tea, a developing hint of the bakery.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (-) alcohol, light body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of stewed apple, a touch biscuity, a distant hint of honey. A creamy mousse, with a medium persistence, and a long (~30s) length, with a finish of stewed apple, edged with a warm biscuity note.
Quality: good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether suiting the quite strong flavour intensity; the sensory profile, though fairly simple, possesses better than moderate concentration, following into a sound long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – a sound structure and balance with a good long length, otherwise lacking in potential, though it will keep for a year or two.