Next week I'm hosting a big tasting for 80 people, for a big wine club in Stockholm. I'm of course very much looking forward to this, when have the chance to present some of my favourite houses and Cavas. So I thought I'd give you a sneak preview. Vilarnau, is a Cava producer that both me and Andréas are extremely fond of. Their winemaker Eva is absolutely fantastic and we are waiting with excitement on some of her projects to run their course so we can try the final products.
Vilarnau have a great portfolio, but I must admit that I'm very fond of their two Albert de Vilarnau. And the one aged on barrica is my absolute favourite. It is an extra brut with 50% Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, 30% Macabeo and 20% Parellada, aged for a minimum of 30 months. Part of the free-run juice is fermented in medium toast French Allier oak barrels. Batonnage is carried out over a period of 6 months, which of course gives an other dimension to the Cava.
The delicate bubbles are very integrated, and with the fruit, nut and cookie notes this Cava makes me sigh. It is fresh but still complex and has a personality that I think tries to tell you something more, without being unpolite, if you get what I mean. It is clearly a Cava that I would like to spend more time with and get to know better.
Unfortunately you can't buy this Cava in Sweden. Sorry my dear fellow countrymen. But you can by some of Vilarnau's other Cavas, so you wont be totally without.
I truly hope that you have had a great #Happy_Friday and that you too have had the opportunity to open a ice bottle of Cava.
Wishing all of you a great weekend!