Xarel.lo de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Xarel.lo

Catalan indigenous white grape variety which makes an important contribution to the blend for Cava and it is also increasingly producing extraordinary rich and complex still white wines

Vineyards of Xarel.lo are mainly found on the Catalan regions of Penedès, specifically on the middle section at altitudes of between 300 and 500 meters above the sea level, and Alella (where it is known as Pansa Blanca). Xarel.lo vines adapt to most soils and love the Mediterranean hot sunny summers temperatures that are regulated by the combination of the altitude and the sea breezes. Xarel.lo plants are naturally vigorous and they traditionally used to give high yields. During the last decades, however, lots of improvements in training and pruning methods have been carried out to reduce yields and therefore increase quality. Still wines made from old vines of Xarel.lo marry perfectly the oak, obtaining wines with great intensity, body and texture.

Why we like Xarel.lo?

We like Xarel.lo because it has strong personality and potential not only for sparkling, but also for still white wines. Moreover, it gives structure, body, fruitiness and also increases the longevity of most Cavas. In still wines, Xarel.lo provides versatility, from easy-drinking wines from younger vines to mouthcoating, fruit-driven and complex from older vines. Finally, we just love the fact that it is native from Spain!

Youd love Xarel.lo if you like…

… sparkling and still wines with a pleasant creamy texture that displays notes of lime, apples, pears, stone fruits, biscuit, sometimes tropical with subtle hints of sweet spices.

Also if you like the roundness of the Chardonnay in Beaune of the creamy texture of a Viognier in the northern Rhône Valley.

Wines with this Grape Variety

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Cava Marta Passio Reserva Brut de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Cava Marta Passio Reserva Brut 2013

Region Penedès & Cava

Producer Cavas Duran & Marta

Variety Xarel.lo,
Viura / Macabeo,
Parellada,
Garnacha

Type Cava

£12.99

inc VAT
Cava Marta Brut Reserva de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Cava Marta Reserva Brut 2013

Region Penedès & Cava

Producer Cavas Duran & Marta

Variety Xarel.lo,
Viura / Macabeo,
Parellada

Type Cava

£11.29

inc VAT
Cava Duran Gran Reserva Brut de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Cava Duran Gran Reserva Brut 2012

Region Penedès & Cava

Producer Cavas Duran & Marta

Variety Xarel.lo,
Viura / Macabeo,
Parellada,
Chardonnay

Type Cava

£13.79

inc VAT
Mas d'en Blei Clos Martina 2010 Priorat de Vinos The Spanish Wine Specialist in London & the UK

Blei Clos Martina 2014 Priorat

Region Priorat

Producer Mas d'en Blei

Variety Garnacha Blanca,
Pedro Ximénez,
Xarel.lo

Type White

£17.99

inc VAT