Friday, 22 July 2016

Manzanilla de Añada 2012 2/11 15%, Viña Callejuela

Paleish, bright golden colour with silver highlights, legs.
Full and very slightly wild with traces of straw, dry scrub, salt and slightly mineral, a verdant note, more yeasty than flor-y and all these diverse aromas are nicely harmonised. Pure Sanlucar.
Fresh and saline with some flor bitterness as well as that yeastiness. This is a very elegant wine with some weight behind. Clean, dry and long with just a gentle tang of acidity, it is beautifully balanced
This is the second butt to be released (29th May) of the eleven set aside in the fine 2012 vintage for ageing as añada. It is exactly the same wine as 1/11 but has a year more biological crianza. This particular butt (no.2) was chosen for its reflection of the albariza soils. The first release (1/11) was from butt no. 8. The wine is showing exceptional complexity for its age - less than four years - and as the other butts continue developing we can look forward to more annual releases of increasing complexity as the wine slowly heads in an Amontillado direction. Sealed with a two inch driven cork.
About 20 Euros per 50cl bottle, but very hard to find.

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