Sunday, 26 June 2016

Manzanilla Los Caireles 15%, Bodegas Portales Pérez

Bright golden straw with golden glints, legs. 
Fairly pungent, saline with distinct dry scrub notes of flor and a savoury hint, slightest trace of fruit and dried flowers, with a doughy yeasty touch. A distinctively sanluqueño nose.
Crisp, full, fresh and saline, very maritime with a gentle tang, dry, yeasty and zippy with a light clean and decently long finish. This is good wine.
All the wines from the Portales  Pérez family, now in its fifth generation, come under the Los Caireles umbrella. The 300 butts of Manzanilla are housed in a separate, very old and more suitably humid bodega in the Barrio Bajo while the 500 butts of other wines live in the San Antonio bodega. All their wines are produced in the artisan way and undergo minimal treatments, and the Manzanilla is about 5 years old. Unusually for Sanlucar, there are only two criaderas feeding the solera, which is probably because of the confined space in the XVI century bodega.
Around 5.50 euros

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