Tasted - Cava Recaredo 'Terrers' Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2011

I should probably drink more Cava. There are a few more ambitious wines about on UK shelves these days, and some retailers (such as Bottle Apostle in London) have really gone to town on their Cava listings.

This is a blend of 50% Macabeu, 48% Xarel-lo and 2% Parallada, all biodynamically-grown (Demeter-certified). 2011 was a bit of a furnace vintage - they began harvesting on the 12th August! Bottle fermentation is under cork and wines are hand-riddled and hand-disgorged (without freezing). This bottle was disgorged in July 2017. No dosage.

Recaredo Terrers Brut Nature Gran Reserva 2011

Pithy yellow grapefruit on the nose, with sweetness from baked apple and white peach. There is a floral, slightly exotic character which goes from bergamot citrus to elderflower and lychee. A sense of the lees-ageing time comes across in the creaminess and fullness on the palate, offsetting the pith/chalk/herbs which are even keenly-felt in the absence of any dosage. Quite unusual balance with pretty low acidity - just a touch soapy. Possibly one to try in a cooler vintage? 86/100