Oz, Tim and Olly’s Top 10 Cavas

Oz, Tim and Olly’s Top 10 Cavas

The sun is reappearing, the festival season is in full swing so when looking for an elegant aperitif try reaching for Cava.  Oz, Tim and Olly have sipped and swirled through many a glass and put together a list of their favourites (in no particular order) to suit every budget when you need that sparkle in your life.

1.   Morrisons Signature M Vintage Cava NV
£7.00 Available from:   Morrisons
‘Classic fizz with change from a tenner, quality kit for an impromptu celebration.’

2.   Heretat El Padruell Brut NV
£8.50 Available from:   Marks & Spencer
‘Soft, foaming wine with a self-confidently traditional flavour of apple peel and citrus skins rubbed in fresh Catalan earth.’

3.    Waitrose Castillo Perelada Brut NV
£9.49 Available from:   Waitrose, Waitrose Cellar
‘This unique Cava has a delicate, fresh, citrus fruitiness, a subtle nutty character from a minimum of 12 months ageing on the lees and a lingering subtle yet complex and crisp finish’.

4.   The Society’s Cava Reserva Brut NV
£8.25 Available from:   The Wine Society
‘A fantastic elegantly round peachy aperitif that’s made in the same method as Champagne but for a fraction of the price. A Spanish jewel that gleams in the glass and summons you to its heady fiesta.’

5.   Bodegas Muga Cava Conde de Haro Brut 2013
£12.95 Available from:   The Wine Society
‘Snap, dazzle, pop! Delicious bubbly from viura and malvasia grapes. Top notch fizz for the price.’

6.   Juvé y Camps Selección Reserva 2013  
£11.49 Available from:   Waitrose
‘Quite a rich style of Cava, but the acidity easily balances the richness and the savoury yeastiness marries happily with the citrus peel fruit.’

7.   Juvé y Camps Reserva Familia 2013
£15.99 Available from:   Majestic
‘Savoury strata with a deep core of appley richness, this is satisfying fizz for a friendly price tag.’

8.    Mont Marcel Cava ‘Extremarium’ Special Cuvée Reserva NV
£15.95 Available from:   www.viaderwines.co.uk
‘I think anyone who loves fine fizz will find this will satisfy all comers.  Cracking value for money, beautiful biscuit twist, enlivening vibrancy and divine purity.’

9. Gramona Celler Batlle Gran Reserva 2005
£60.00 Available from:   Berry Bros. & Rudd
‘Rich, savoury, marmitey and complex with layer upon layer of flavour.  As good as Cava gets!’

10.   Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Vintage Rosé 2014
£9.00 Available from:   Sainsbury’s
‘This is a smooth, mildly scented and delicately fruity blend of Pinot Noir (80%) and Chardonnay (20%) with an attractively savoury creamy undertow.’