Thursday, 26 May 2016
Fino Playa Regla 15%, Bodegas José Mellado Martín
Pale golden straw, very slight haze. legs
Saline with distinct seaside aromas, hints of Palomino fruit, straw, minerality and not a great deal of flor, young and fresh if not over complex.
Reasonably tangy and saline with a touch of flor bitterness, good and dry with a crisp minerally freshness this would be great with the local seafood.
Looks as if it was bottled en rama with only light filtration, but this is not mentioned. At a guess, the vines were grown on sandier soils which, while perfect for the famous local Moscatel, give slightly courser Finos. Being produced in Chipiona, which is in the production zone but not the ageing zone, this wine while controlled by the Consejo does not carry the official DO seal, but rather a production zone seal. Playa Regla is a beautiful nearby beach overlooked by the tall lighthouse and the Nuestra Señora de Regla monastery.
Price3.50 euros, can't argue with that.