NV Poema Cava Brut, Penedès
In the mood for sparkling wine. This was the first wine of the night, and what better way to kick off a night of excess than bubbly?
Light straw colour, with an acceptable mousse. Nice, trickly bead. This is made metodo tradicional, indicating a second fermentation in the bottle. Nose that shows quite similarly to Champagne - bready and yeasty, but quite fruit forward. Citrus and ripe oranges. In the mouth, there is good texture, with lots of ripe tangerine. Creamy, but the acidity and bubbles make this so refreshing. Lingering finish.
Now, how it did with the food was the true test. Paired wonderfully with oysters - the fruit and bubbles really cleanse the palate. With the mussels, I thought the texture worked well. Which all goes to show how versatile well-made sparkling wines are. Joy in a bottle.