Saturday, 1 April 2017
Amontillado Viejo Seco 20%, Manuel Aragón
AppearanceBronze tinted amber with copper highlights and a trace of green at the rim, legs.
NoseLoads of toasted hazelnuts and almonds, traces of oak and a hints of humidity and cinnamon with a hint of sweetness. This smells old yet supremely elegant; very alive and complex, delightful.
PalateFull, crisp and deeply flavoured, this is not a young wine, it has considerable age, well over 25 years at a guess. There is a certain volatile acidity giving it an attractive tang and then the nuts come through, with a glyceric sweetness and counterbalancing bitterness and a certain texture. There are notes of spice and traces of tannin but everything is beautifully integrated.
CommentsThis delicious wine is a limited availablity very old Amontillado from the leading Chiclana bodega in the production zone, Manuel Aragón, better known - locally at least - as Bodegas Sanatorio, founded in 1795. Chiclana might only be considered a Sherry grape producer, but this bodega supplied the Equipo Navazos Palo Cortado No 62 which scored 98 Parker points, so they certainly have serious wines. This wine comes from the foundational solera and is released annually in very small quantities, bottled by hand direct from the butt.
47.50 per 50cl bottle, Licores Corredera