Veritas Brut Nature
The 17th edition of the Effervescents du Monde sparkling wine competition held recently in Dijon awarded a silver medal to a Cava produced right here in Mallorca. It's the Veritas Brut Nature wine, from the José L. Ferrer wineries in Binissalem in the centre of the island.
The fizzy wine event pitted 564 Champagnes, Cavas, Cremants, Proseccos and more from 22 countries over three gruelling days of wine tasting by a panel of over 100 expert judges and our local wine was adjudged to be the fifth best in all Spain.
Rigorous testing and tasting methods were used; for example a limited number of samples per jury, ideal tasting conditions like sensory isolation and tasting rhythm, and scientific methods to measure the foam and effervescence of the wines in the glass.
So it's a great honour for the work over the years of the Ferrer winery and illustrates just how well they have developed Mallorcan wines in today's market and the world vitisphere in general.
The Veritas Brut Nature is a Cava made from the moll grape variety and in the same way as Champagne where the CO2 is obtained by a natural fermentation process. That all sounds good so far, but the most important question is, what's it like?
It is, according to the winery, “a bright straw yellow colour, with fine and constant bubbles. Complex, aromas of white fruit, citrus, aromatic herbs, fennel and aniseed, typical of the Moll native variety and combined with elegant balsamic aromas produced in the long ageing with the lees of yeasts during the second fermentation. Dry. Fresh and soft finish. Aromatic sensations in the mouth of ripe, intense and creamy fruit.”
Well that's good enough for me, I'll be cracking open a bottle on Saturday night when Strictly's on!