Saturday, 2 December 2017

Manzanilla Pasada Solear en rama Otoño 2017 15%, Barbadillo

Pure gold with golden glints.
A very attractive mix of salty brine and flor with pronounced notes of straw, slightly toasted bitter almond, dry scrub, humidity and the faintest traces of apple signalling oxidation. It is clean, quite tight and classic, and a little less exuberant than the summer release.
As always exceptionally well balanced and with real pasada flavours; a clean crisp bitterness, olive brine, sour dough, hints of oxidation, rancio, butter, traces of nuts. The flavour is quite intense and leaves a lovely briny bitterness on the palate for quite some time.
Another excellent release, and this time, for a change, the label features the Iberian Lynx and not a bird. The lynx is on the endangered list and its population numbers in the hundreds, mainly in Andalucía. The wine was made following the established routine. It comes from a 550 butt intermediate solera with two clases in the middle of the El Potro bodega. The saca comes from 15 selected butts in the older clase with wine which is 8 years old, and only 1,500 litres are withdrawn, 100 litres per butt. The younger clase is topped up with the normal Solear which is 6 years old. The oldest wine feeds the Amontillado Príncipe solera. The wine was bottled on the 3rd October, and sold out at the bodega in a couple of weeks.
14.30 per half bottle, Licores Corredera

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