Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Manzanilla La Guita en rama Oct 2017 15%, La Guita

Slightly brassy, yellowy gold with bright brassy gold highlights.
Highly aromatic and intense with lots of bright, zippy, racy maritime character and a gentle note of oxidation. Seaweed, dry scrub, olive brine and traces of iodine, even cider add to the mix which includes some flor bitterness as well. 
Full and savoury with plenty flor and lots of sea salt and mineral and decent acidity giving a lively and deeply tasty wine. There is a trace of oxidation and some buttery, nutty autolytic yeastiness which adds more complexity, making it taste more like Manzanilla pasada. This is lovely.
This second saca of La Guita en rama is just as classic as the first and took place in October 2017 when the flor was judged to be at its best. A rigorous selection was made of wines ageing at both Bodega La Misericordia and Bodega Pago Sanlúcar Viejo, wines which have been aged a bit longer than those for the normal La Guita, being well over 5 years old. They were chosen for their classic Manzanilla character and especially for the intense minerality, salinity and sheer wild expressiveness of La Guita at its best. Absolutely no filtration or stabilisation was done which explains the wine’s slightly darker colour than normal. The image on the label represents the main tower of the mudéjar church of Nuestra Señora de la O dating from 1360. It was here where the few remaining of Magellan’s crew gave thanks for their survival in 1522.
7,90 euros per half bottle, La Tienda del Jerez

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