Curios Xarel.lo Albet i Noya
Xarel.lo is indigenous to Spain and we are real fans of it at Vintage Roots HQ. Here it's unoaked with a fine seam of crisp acidity and come the sunshine, this is one of the most enlivening dry white wines we know. Very good indeed. Made from 50+ year old vines.
88 Points, The Wine Gang, 'Made from 50-year-old Xarel.lo, one of the key component of Cava, this is a bit of a revelation: after opening with fairly simple citrus and delicately floral aromas, it explodes with flavour on the palate, a massive punch of herb-touched lime and grapefruit, perhaps the merest hint of pettilance adding even more vibrancy and zing, some smoky mineral qualities and a streaking core of acidity that powers to the finish. Fireworks in a glass and bags of personality here.' May 2015 (2014 vintage)
Albet i Noya
In 1978, Josep Maria Albet i Noya became the first winemaker in Spain to adopt organic practices in the vineyard, eliminating the use of chemical and synthetic insecticides and pesticides. Returning to more traditional methods, the balance of the vines is maintained using only permitted green, organic and composted fertilisers, resulting in healthy grapes of ‘true’ character.