Xarel-lo

 

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One of the three main grapes used in the production of sparkling Cava (along with Parellada and Macabeo). Xarel-lo is noted to complement the richness of Macabeo (aka Viura) with high acidity.

Primary Flavors

  • Lemon
  • Peach
  • Lime Blossom
  • Ginger
  • Raw Almond

Taste Profile

Bone-dry
Light Body
None Tannins
High Acidity
11.5–13.5% ABV

Handling


  • SERVE
    38–45°F / 3-7°C

  • GLASS TYPE
    White

  • DECANT
    No

  • CELLAR
    3–5 Years

Food Pairing

Cava pairs with a wide range of foods, as Champagne does; asparagus or salads, anything deep fried, seafood, shellfish, vegetable dishes or a simple cheese plate.

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