Sunday, 21 October 2018

Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc 2017 13.5%, Cortijo de Jara

Very pale bright clean silvery gold with pale gold highlights.
There is plenty of clean fresh fruit here with mostly Sauvignon notes up front with their green kiwi and gooseberry fruit with a softer, fuller more floral Chardonnay following through. There are traces of confectionery and orchard aromas and the whole needs a little more time to harmonise, but it will.
Quite assertive with lots of zippy vibrant fruit, decent acidity and a gentle texture. A slight worry was that the grapes would need to be picked early to retain acidity and thus possibly lose out on full maturity, but they seem to have got it right. It could do with a little more bottle (and vine) age though just to harmonise everything, but for the first release it is impressive, long clean and fresh.
The wine from the highly commendable firm of Cortijo de Jara, which grows chickpeas, sunflowers, olives and wheat as well as wine in the countryside between Jerez and Medina, just seems to keep getting better. They have already won two prizes this year for red wines. This is the first release of the new Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc blend which amounts to only 2,500 bottles. The bunches were selected in the vineyard before hand picking. After pressing the must was fermented at a controlled temperature in a stainless steel tank to optimise primary aromas and flavours. I confess that I had some doubts about this blend, mixing the Loire with Burgundy one could say, but it is interesting and works really well.
6.30 euros, Licores Corredera

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