With the mercury rising today & tomorrow of course the usual Provence Rosé suspects apply and indeed we even have Magnums of Château St-Baillon in the fridge in anticipation. However, my weekly rant begins not with thinking pink but with Spain and a fabulous summer white that I tried just yesterday. From the Penedès region, just abutting Barcelona, this deft white from a Family Estate since 1497 is a real delight.
Raventós I Blanc “Silencis” 2013 Sant Sadurní D’Anoia, Penedès at £ 15.00 per Bottle (£ 16.00 on the shelf)
The grape, of which you might well have had but I’d hazard to guess, not knowingly so! - Xarel-lo.
This has a real citrus zest but also a very saline quality. A lively, engaging summer white but ultimately nicely in check and sensible at 12% abv.
The Family also make a wonderful de-classified Cava. Quite rightly too posh for Cava. Soft, gentle mouth texture and what I struggle most with Cava, aside of a shortness in the finish, is an unmistakable aftertaste, one which I am not enamoured with. This however possess neither of those two faults. If you want something close to a tenner below our terrific Premier Cru Champagne then I am finally happy to say, this is a more than presentable example.
Raventós I Blanc “L’Hereu” 2011 Conca Del Riu Anoia, Penedès at £ 16.00 per Bottle
50 year old vines of Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Parallado.
Both in stock at the shop.
Later today I will be doing some local deliveries – almost as far north as the old Harrow Road and thus far, as south as the V.& A. en Sud Kensington. Therefore any urgent needs we can easily wing out local deliveries to you this p.m.
One of very best names in Australian winemaking is Torbreck from the Barossa. Their best offerings scaling the giddy heights of £ 700 or so per Bottle. The Torbreck “Struie”, not a giveaway at £ 49.00 but nonetheless a comparative bargain and bear in mind this is a 2004 which for Australia is A) one of their greatest ever Vintages and B) positively pre-historic in terms of bottle-age, the Country with the shortest shelf life for selling wines – I once even heard 2 weeks on average! This will run another 10-15 years in the confines of a good cellar but 10 years now is nigh on perfection.
Torbreck “The Struie” 2004 Barossa Valley & Eden Valley at £ 49.00 per Bottle
Robert Parker – 96/100 pints