Happy New Year to you all!
To kick off my Wine of the Week’s for 2014 I’ve picked out something really quite exciting. The Alemany i Corrio 78 Xarello 2012.
This wine is produced by two of our very close winemaking friends out in Spain, Laurent and Irene Corrio. They work a tiny boutique cellar in Penedes that has provided us with some truly superb wines over the last few years. This new release is no exception.
A special project, literally a few barrels of wine totalling some 6,000 bottles. We bought the job lot after tasting a sneaky sample they slung our way just before Christmas. It’s crafted from one of the staple grapes used in Cava – Xarello – but this is fermented and kept still. I’ve not come across a still Xarello before and that’s why I think this wine is so special. It has that air of the unexpected and untried which just adds to the whole piece.
This is a linear and straight-up white wine that has a keen whip of acidity married to its sunshine fruit. The overall effect is one of thirst-slaking freshness, tamed only slightly by some nice barrel toast flavours, jazzed up by a long lime and grapefruit pith finish. This is essentially a ‘Samurai’ wine that needs to cut through things to work best – consider fatty delicacies like roast chicken, rustic Spanish sausage or even Carbonara.