60% Xarel-lo, 20% Macabeu, 6% Monastrell, 6% Parellada. Stainless steel.
Notes as written blind from The Big Blind Bargain Bubble Tasting.
Very oxidative style, but quite intriguing and with some finesse on the palate. Nuts, quite blowsy florals, pithy and dusty. Nice herby set honey, with nice acidity. A big character. 15.5
Intens Rosat is, to be truthful, a bit bonkers. But I like it. 86% Monastrell and 14% Garnacha. Pure cherry juice over bitter herbs and lemon lead into boiled sweets and poached red fruits. It is almost slightly medicinal. Intense indeed and quite good fun. 15.5
52% Xarel-lo, 48% Macabeo. The most extraordinary wine in the portfolio, a conundrum of age, power, openness and persistence. Despite some oxidative characters and quite developed fruit, this powered through with set honey, wild herbs and earth. This was a March 2017 disgorgement; if you caught this wine one or two years ago it would have been even better. Look out for the new vintage and crack it open. 17
Equal parts Xarel-lo and Macabeo. Serral del Vell 2011 offers up intense lime and honey with sweet yellow fruits and great refinement and clarity for its age. Nuts and pith keep you diving back in for more. 16.5
Terrers Gran Reserva 2015 offers the most freshness in the portfolio. The flavours are so engaging and expressive, with creamy yellow apple and herbs, white meadow flowers and edgy, refreshing grapefruit. There are savoury, slightly earthy tones here too, but they seem to just add to the picture. 16
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.
Date Tasted : 05/10/2018