Thursday, 8 December 2016

Blanco de Hornillos 12%, Viña Callejuela

Pale silvery, strawy gold, some legs.
Fresh and zippy with pronounced and fairly complex notes of Palomino fruit, Atlantic seaside fresh air, slight salinity, chalky minerality, a hint of lemon icing sugar, straw and even a trace of honey. It is a young, vibrant, quite sophisticated, almost pretty sanluqueño.
Dry, with lots of that chalky minerality and gentle but sufficient acidity. Then the ripe Palomino fruit comes through with a gentle tang balanced by the slightest trace of sweetness and there is a really natural feel to the wine and good length.
The Blanco brothers have long sold this wine to local bars and restaurants as “mosto”, but this is the first release in bottle of a classic style of Sanlúcar wine, vino blanco. It is made from 100% Palomino grown in their own Hornillos vineyard, fermented in tank and bottled young without flor. More of the same wine is made into Manzanilla. This must be the 2015 vintage, but there is no mention of vintage on the label, which would have been helpful. Still, it is excellent value for money.
8.49 euros from Licores Corredera    

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