Produced by the prestigious Mestres winery, Mestres Blue Fin Gran Reserva Brut is an homage to the fishermen and the chefs of one of Spain's most interesting gastronomic regions:the Cádiz province.
More specifically, this Cava is dedicated to the four tunny fisheries that still exist in that southernmost Spanish province: Barbate, Tarifa, Conil and Zahara de los Atunes. For more than 700 years, those four fisheries have been supplying food lovers all over the world with one of the best delicacies coming from the sea: Bluefin tuna.
This great Spanish sparkling wine is the result of a tight collaboration between winemakers, sommeliers and chefs. Their aim was to create a product that could be the perfect match with any of the forms in which Bluefin tuna is prepared: sushi, tataki, tartare, griddled, the Basque Marmitako -you name it.
Made from a blend of 40% Xarel·lo, 35% Macabeo and 25% Parellada, the grapes come chiefly from estate-owned, 60-year-old vines, as well as from some younger ones, 15 years of age, controlled by the winery's oenologists.
The harvest of this Cava Gran Reserva was carried out manually. A portion of the base wine was aged on its lees in oak barrels for 5 months.
After the completion of secondary fermentation, Mestres Blue Fin Gran Reserva Brut was aged for more than 50 months in the bottle. Finally, this Cava was manually disgorged prior to its commercial release.
The cava Mestres Blue Fin has a straw yellow colour with slightly golden tinges. This Gran Reserva Brut is clean and bright.
Complex and ever-evolving, this Cava from Penedès smells of white fruit, aromatic herbs and fresh fennel. This Cava by Mestres also suggests some intriguing, delicately salty iodized notes, some notions of pastry and aromas of toasted bread.
This Cava has a substantial body and a bold structure. At the same time, Blue Fin Coupage is linear and tense, thanks to its great acidity and its yummy salty notes. White fruit is also present, combined with some remembrances of aniseed, dry fruit and citrus. Long, fruity finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Different from any other Cava you may have tasted, Mestres Blue Fin Gran Reserva Brut is a very special sparkling wine. Very expressive.
|Type of Sparkling Wine||Brut|
|Denomination of Origin (DO)||Cava|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Number of months aged in the bottle||50|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||“Xarel·lo”:”40” “Macabeo”:”35” “Parellada”:”25”|
|Pairings||Blue cheeses, bluefish, Boullabaise, Caviar, Curred fish, Oriental cuisine, Oysters, Soup and rice, Stew, Sushi|
|Taste||Fine bubbles and Fresh, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Though I don't quite like the packaging, the Cava is in fact very good.