Bright and easygoing, with appealing, fruity aromas of white nectarine, pear and straw. Lovely freshness and zip on the palate, with good balance between juicy fruit and palate-cleansing acidity. Very round and supple - slips down beautifully!
Chill well and drink on its own or try with grilled lemon sole or warm chicken salad with cashew nuts and mango.
Made from the fruit of 40-year-old vines grown at 500m. Macabeo is a grape that is cultivated either side of the Pyrenees (though Spain makes fifteen times as much as France). Very versatile, it makes still, sparkling (Cava), dry and sweet wines. Depending on what is done with it, Macabeo can be refreshing and straightforward (as here) or weighty and nutty. Somewhat neutral on its own, Macabeo is often blended with Malvasia or white Grenache.
Cariñena is a DO (appellation) in Aragon, northern Spain. Most of its vineyards are located at fairly high altitude, between 400–800m, and dispersed along the plains of the River Ebro. The climate is continental, with big temperature swings that help the grapes preserve freshness and aroma, and a cold northerly wind – the Cierzo – that helps keep vine disease pressure low. Cariñena's vineyards can also produce sparkling wine under the Cava name.