Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Oloroso Aurora 17.5%, Bodegas Yuste

Deep mahogany fading to amber with coppery highlights.
Attractive fresh Oloroso nose: intense walnuts in syrup, toasted almond and a hint of Oxford marmalade with an attractive savoury salted caramel edge, a turron yema tostada note and a refined trace of oak. There is a real charm to this wine.
Full bodied, firm and generous with a reasonably open texture and barely any troublesome tannin, well rounded and dry. It seems just a little more serious than the nose with a very slightly burnt, woody flavour amongst the nuts and hints of leather, but that charm comes through. Good.
The grapes for this wine come from the pago Balbaina, and once the wine's destiny has been decided it is fortified to 17% so that it will age oxidatively. It emerges from the solera with an average age of ten years. Having bought the famous Aurora Manzanilla solera from the bankrupt Pedro Romero, Yuste decided to produce a range of upmarket wines bearing that name. They are very good and the labels are lovely, and hopefully they will attract people to the wines.
9.45 euros per 50cl bottle, Licores Corredera

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