Most of the reviews I have done, up until now, have been on wines that I really like. Love this and love that. I rather share positive experiences, but I am not shy to give some critique as the negative are also important. I don’t always “shop” as other critics suggest, generally because wine is as all food and drinks a “taste issue”. So you shouldn’t not try this cava if you run across it somewhere. But it’s good to bear in mind also the negative reviews when considering to buy something
Well that preface already gave up my opinion on this wine. Yes, my experience with Vendrell Olivella Brut Nature cava was not that good. This wine was amongst the cavas we brought from our last visit to Barcelona. We bought it on the last day from a small wine-shop, based on the shop-keepers recommendation (we had some extra space in the luggage we wanted to fill up). The recommendation was something like this: “If you want to try an ok organic cava, you should try this one”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am really interested in organic production, however the products on the market that I have tried, have not really reached up to a top level yet, so I am constantly on the lookout for a five star organic sparkling.
Vendrell Olivella did not really even reach a medium level for me. The scent was not very flattering: lemony, sewer-like, a bit stingy (perhaps I stuck my nose too far down the glass). The taste was, as the nose, very citrusy but short, almost disappearing in the mouth. All in all a disappointing cava.
I am not fully ready to give this cava just one star, as I am quite sure I can find many wines that are also worse on the market. Especially when you enter the sweeter section of mass production (yuk). But I am disappointed, as the production method, aging (Reserva = over 15 months) and low sugar content (Brut nature) raised expectations for me. The mix of grapes was also very standard for a cava: Xarello, Parellada and Macabeo. Perhaps if I would have paid 5 Euros for it I would have been more happy, but the range was closed to 15 €, so not really value for money for me.
So the search for a good organic cava for our selection continues, and Vendrell just wasn’t the one for me.