Sunday, 24 April 2016
Manzanilla Pasada Blanquito15% saca Febrero 2016, Viña Callejuela
Paleish gold with slight coppery tints, legs.
Beautifully integrated and clean with nutty buttery flor, traces of toasted almond, salinity, seaside ozone, a suspicion of cabezuela, a gentle oxidative tinge and a slight Amontillado note. Supremely elegant and balanced with the slightest edge of wildness.
Light tang and subtle bitterness are balanced by a fruity hint and some remaining glycerine, then there is the terrific mouth-filling complexity: so many nuances of the atmosphere of Sanlúcar and the work of the flor all wrapped up in one delicious flavour. It is very hard to put down the glass - except to refill it.
This has recently been bottled - the last saca sold out a while ago - and while it is delicious now, it will improve over time. The Blanco brothers are producing really excellent wines from their own vineyards La Callejuela and El Hornillo with the help of Ramiro Ibáñez and they really merit the effort to obtain them. And their prices are so reasonable.
Price15 euros per 50cl bottle from Cuatrogatos