Sunday, 22 November 2015

Eva Cream 19%, Barbadillo

Bright deep amber with hints of red mahogany, legs.
Interesting. The sweetness doesn't jump out at you, rather a slightly savoury, saline note which dominates the aroma of PX which is certainly there but in the background. There's are traces of oak, caramel, turrón yema tostada and milky coffee then pasas, yet the nose is drier than many a Cream with an attractive balance and complexity.
Sweeter than it smells, it is fairly viscous and sweet on entry with obvious pasas, quite intensely flavoured but fairly light. As it develops more dryness comes through and that savoury note returns along with a trace of bitter orange peel milk chocolate and raisin. It leaves a fairly long clean finish with a bit of character.
From 30 year old vines in Barbadillo's own vineyards, this attractive Cream comes from soleras of over 100 years of age with 10 criaderas, giving complexity to a wine with an average age of  over 5 years. It has around 120 grams per litre of sugars, all natural from sunned PX. The brand was first introduced in 1923.
7 Euros. UK importer: Fells

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