Seńorio de Orgaz, Brut
The price tag of this sparkling wine was the first thing that caught our attention. Although it was not produced using the classical procedure of long fermentation in the bottle but in stainless steel tanks (a much shorter and less expensive procedure), we cannot but ask ourselves if it is possible to produce a good sparkling wine with a price tag of up to 5 euro in Croatian retail sale, meaning that the price in the winery does not exceed 3 euro. It seems that it can, and this fact should bring joy to all the wine lovers who would like to enjoy sparkling wine on a daily basis.
The basis for this wine is a blend of varieties Macabeo and Airen. Macabeo particularly likes the hot and dry climate, so it is not surprising that a lot of it is cultivated in Spain (Rioja and Catalonia) and in the south of France (Languedoc-Roussillon). On the other hand, the authentic Airen covered in the early 21st century around 30 percent of vineyards in Spain, the only place where it is cultivated.
The pearling in the glass is very timid, but also very small, improving the light golden hue and making it alive in a way. The fruity aromas on the nose are very clean and clear, but also flat, resembling apricot and peach. The combination of time spent in isobaric chambers (6 months) and the volume of the chambers was simply not enough for the sparkling wine to take on aromas of yeasts that are added only to trigger secondary fermentation. It is exactly why the aromas are more appropriate for a still wine than a sparkling one. Although very dry, it leaves a short lasting but delicious aftertaste. Relatively high acidity is the greatest value of this wine that in combination with a low serving temperature seems very refreshing on the palate, stimulating the taste buds. It will be excellent as an aperitif.
This is a good sparkling wine that will not thrill you. It is intended for celebrations or sipping.
For those who prefer a bit higher concentration of sugar in their sparkling wine, we point out that this wine is also available in a semi-dry version.
This wine can be purchased in Vivat Fina vina wine boutique.
Best paired with:
as an aperitif, as an ingredient of fruit cocktails, light starters and salads
5 to 7ºC