Albet i Noya - 2016
Just the perfect all-round, approachable sparkler. Especially good for those of us that like a bubbly that’s not overly dry. Lots of fruit and a soft mousse. This is now labelled under the appellation of Penedès, rather than Cava, but is produced exactly as it always has been. The three classic varieties of Macabeu, Xarel.lo and Parellada are produced using the traditional champagne method, and aged for over 15 months before release to give a wonderfully rounded fizz.
The Observer’s 20 Best Wines for Summer, ‘A cava in all but name (it’s labelled with the region of production instead), and a very charming one at that, made with the traditional trio of local grape varieties, it’s a bright, youthful mix of tangy orchard fruitiness, floral and herbal notes and soft lively mousse.’ David Williams, June 2018