Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Oloroso Puerta Real 20% Bodegas Garvey
AppearanceDeep transparent patinated mahogany of old furniture with coppery glints and the slightest trace of green at the amber rim, legs.
NosePure, fragrant and beautifully harmonious Oloroso with gentle hints of cinnamon, nuts, american oak and an ever so slightly bitter, walnut edge with a hint of toast nicely balanced by traces of caramel and dried fruit. It shows the complexity and integration only age can bestow and has real charm.
PalateMid to full bodied with an attractive walnutty bite leading to a gentler more glyceric feel with those dried fruit and caramel notes, but that is balanced by a little volatile acidity giving zest to an old wine. It is good and dry with slight autumn leaves notes and an elegant, proud, long and assertive finish.
CommentsThis excellent wine was made from Macharnudo grapes. It is one of the Sacristía de Garvey range of six old wines between at least 15 and over 20 years old, and is from a solera laid down by the founder's son, Patricio Garvey Gómez, in 1826. It is somewhere approaching 20 years of average age. No doubt these wines have aged a bit more as a result of the parlous situation Garvey has been in, and that is no bad thing in the short term, but let us hope that the Emperador purchase of the bodega will guarantee their continuity and proper maintenance.
26.40 euros from Licores Corredera