A new take on Parellada: Celler Credo – Volaina 2018

by  |  20-06-2019

For anyone learning the finer details of wine, you typically memorize that there are three core grapes to Cava: Xarel·lo, Macabeu, and Parellada. The first two abound in individual merits, especially my Carignan-cheat-grape, Xarel·lo. But with Parellada, I just sorta understood it to be “wine filler”. Generally neutral and low in alcohol, it neither impeded the blend nor added much except that when making sparkling wine, it allowed you to bring down the alcohol as DO Cava is the only Spanish DO with a maximum alcohol, set at 12.8% (minimum, 10.8%) in the finished wine. As is the story for many grapes these days, times are a-changin’. They do not suffer for a lack of Parellada in Penedès what with 5.5 million kilos produced in 2017, 95% of which being at 11% potential alcohol or less. And, now that Xarel·lo has shown itself to be an outstanding protagonist in the […]
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