I cracked open a Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva from the fridge, intended for a somewhat lesser (as yet undetermined) pleasant surprise.
It was certainly bubbly, with persistent small bubbles giving a creamy mousse. It smells yeasty, more bread than marmite. There’s fresh green apples and limes. It’s just off dry with a balanced acidity. Medium body and alcohol add to that balance.
The bubbles create a lovely creamy fizz in the mouth. The yeast and fruit carry through, with the addition of some ripe melon adding more rich fruitiness. This is a fabulous value wine. It’s excellent fizz easily of the quality of “cheap” Champagnes twice the price (or even three times without discounts). This bottle was left over from a Christmas Thresher offer, so it cost me about a fiver. I really don’t know why I don’t have a glass with lunch every day!