Friday, 13 July 2018

Manzanilla Pasada La Gallarda en rama 15%, Bodegas Covisan

Appearance
Bright mid gold with golden highlights.
Nose
Very fresh and at first on the light side but it grows as it opens out and there are some gentle buttery briny hints along with some fresh herbs including camomile and of course some gently bitter flor and the faintest trace of oxidation. It is a very attractive wine with lots of gentle complexities, all nicely balanced and well integrated.
Palate
Fairly crisp and very clean and fresh yet it is a bit more serious than first appears with a noticeable minerality and salinity and traces of buttery cabezuela and flor bitterness showing through. It has a slightly chalky texture and a relaxed complexity with a good feel and length. It starts by refreshing the palate and then leaves a long, more complex aftertaste. Good.
Comments
Gallarda means elegant, fine, dashing, which suits this wine. It comes from the cooperative COVISAN in Sanlúcar, established in 1968. IThe brand was introduced recently to respond to the pasada en rama fashion and to celebrate the coop's 50th anniversary. The wine has about ten years solera age. There used to be a Manzanilla Amontillada Gallarda many years ago, but they are not related as the other pre-dated the establishment of the coop.
Price 
6 euros per 50cl  ex bodega


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