Thursday, 24 August 2017
Manzanilla Deliciosa en rama Spring 2016 15%, Valdespino
Amber tinted gold with golden highlights, legs.
Big and well developed, lots of flor and some prominent oxidative notes. Clean dry nose with traces of olive brine, dried flowers, bitter almond, straw, autolysis and salt bringing a good deal of complexity and undeniable character. Perhaps the oxidative notes slightly obscure those of the wild yeasty beast, but look for it and it is there.
Packed with flavour, this is a classic. There is a delightful texture and flavour from the cabezuela with its nutty butteriness which balances beautifully with the lively acidity which gives it its yeasty salty zip. There is so much flavour it lasts for ages. Thank goodness for the en rama wines in which all that character is not filtered out.
This wine is a different selection from the Deliciosa solera at the Misericordia bodega which has 6 criaderas plus the solera. It is bottled at about 6-7 years old. Grapes are from the Pago Miraflores. It has a higher acidity level than standard Deliciosa which gives it more zip. And an extra year in bottle makes it even better!
8.00 euros per half bottle, Licores Corredera