“ Brand: Privat / Cava Type: Brut Nature Gran Reserva / ABV: 12% „
Having recently holidayed in Spain, I had the opportunity to purchase some Privat Opus Evolutium Cava from a Spanish wine merchant for Euro21. I had heard people talk about this particular Cava previously, but I couldn't remember if their reviews were bad or good......and so I bought a bottle to try for myself. The Euro21 bottle contained 75 CL - which gave me about 3 glasses of a typical champagne flute - and so it wasn't particularly expensive, but not particularly cheap either.
The Cava comes in attractive packaging which does make the bottle stand out on the shelf. It is a slim design bottle which is tinted green, with the typical champagne-style cork top. There is a sleek matt label detailing the name of the wine. The bottle is then enclosed within a bronzed cardboard tube for presentation purposes. It seems to be that the manufacturers of this sparking wine have put a lot of effort into presentation and so I have to say that my initial impressions were favorable. For me, presentation is an important factor towards my overall impression of a product, and so for design purposes, this product gets the thumbs up as it looks high quality and special.
Upon pouring the wine, it becomes apparent that the wine is very fizzy, although probably fizzier than genuine champagne. It is a very pale straw colour once the fizz has settled, and if held up to the light it Is fairly clear and non-cloudy.
It is a Chardonnay - and a fairly dry Chardonnay at that. Having said that, the it is fruity with the faintest hint of apricot and nectarine - and an aftertaste which is clean and fresh, although it is fairly astringent to the palate. As with all Chardonnay's, I believe it is a taste you will either appreciate or find distasteful - but for me it was the right balance of fruitiness, lightness and elegance. I drank it served chilled which I always believe is important for white wines.
This would be suitable to drink with fish or poultry dishes - or anything really that was relatively light and not heavily spiced. I drank it with chicken salad, and for that it was a great accompaniment. I do imagine that drinking this with anything heavier or spicy in flavor would result in the drowning out of the wines flavor as I found it to be a delicate and subtle drink.
Im not entirely sure whether I would recommend this wine or not. Sure, the taste is perfectly pleasant and inoffensive, but I believe there are similar sparkling wines on the market for a fraction of the cost. I believe that I ended up paying quite a lot for the packaging, which may be more important if you are giving s bottlenof this Cava as a gift, but which is not quite so relevant if you're simply looking for a nice sparkling wine to drink. For that reason, I am just going to give it an "ok" which I think sums up the experience I had.
I've already brought up the infamous christmas hamper we received last year several times and one of the products inside that we had high hopes for was a bottle of wannabe champagne - a sparkling wine from Spain dressed up in an impressive special edition tube.
Champagne is not something we splash out on, usually just purchasing a bottle of cheap Russian or Bulgarian champagne like stuff which normally retails at about a quid a bottle and does the trick for occasions such as New Year.
This year however we were rather looking forward to having something slightly more expensive and had the perfect opportunity to use it as we were celebrating New Year's Eve in together instead of going out.
Once unwrapped, it's a major disappointment.. the unwrapping process didn't go quite as straight-forward as usual and unfortunately I was a few seconds late, unabling to pop the bottle in time! So far we have decent looking packaging which proved harder to open than usual, now I'm moving on to the body of the champagne which smelt fairly disgusting and was extremely fizzy.
The real hideousness about this though is the disgusting astringent taste, it was so sour and fizzy with distintly coarse alcohol notes that I honestly couldn't down a glass. It was absolutely rank and I would prefer to drink dishwater.