Monday, 12 November 2018

Manzanilla 3 en rama Spring 2018 15%, Lustau

Brass tinged pale strawy gold with golden highlights.

Clean, fresh, saline with a definite maritime air. The other classic Manzanilla aromas of herbs are there too with a slight grassy note and a hint of camomile backed by a slightly mineral edge. There is of course a yeasty, bready, briny character and the flor doesn´t predominate.
Crisp on entry and quite "punzante" (incisive, zippy),with perfect acidity, then it settles down and releases an attractive freshness and a trace of apple fruit. The flor is not excessively bitter allowing that fruit and the lovely herbal notes to come through. It is quite light and zesty, good and dry and with a very long clean finish.
One of a range of three en rama wines from Sanlúcar, Jerez and El Puerto which show the differences in style in the three distinct places, this is a textbook Manzanilla with an average age of about five years, and was bottled in April 2018. As Lustau have no bodegas in Sanlúcar, the wine might come from either Elías González Guzmán, whose bodega is amongst the closest to the Guadalquivir estuary and whose wines are very good, or the almacenista Manuel Cuevas Jurado. The wine underwent no pre-bottling treatment whatsoever. 1,000 litres are released of each of the Tres en Rama wines each year.
15.25 per 50cl, Licores Corredera

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