Saturday, 20 January 2018

Amorro Blanco 2016 11%, Bodega Vinifícate

Bright clean pale gold with golden glints.
Fresh, fairly full and appley with pear and floral hints, a slight trace of cider and a distinct saline mineral character. There is a teasing slight flor note, but flor wasn't involved. There is a decent degree of ripeness and a feeling of substance, making it rather interesting.
A reasonably crisp start leads into a broad, very slightly buttery and quite pronounced tangy apple/pear/quince flavour. Balance is good and there is a slightly chalky texture and a faint trace of bitterness which works well and leaves a very tasty and long finish.
Another lovely Vino de Cádiz wine from the Gómez Lucas brothers in San Fernando. It is made from Palomino grapes grown in Chiclana on both sandy and albariza soils which were harvested at night to keep them cooler. Once back at the bodega they were fermented naturally, using only local yeasts and without the addition of anything,  under controlled temperature. The wine was racked into fibreglass tanks where it rested for eight months before bottling without any filtration or clarification. Only about 5,000 bottles were produced for this first release. Amorro means a wine which can be enjoyed in quantity, and this certainly can. 2016 was not an easy vintage as after a long dry period there was heavy rain in late spring followed by lots of Levante, so careful grape selection was necessary, but the result is very good.
8.80 euros, Licores Corredera

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