Monday, 3 December 2018

Manzanilla La Kika en rama Magnum 15.5%, Bodegas Yuste

Mid brassy gold with light amber highlights.
Lovely pasada character; quite intense, lightly buttery with the faintest suspicion of old cheese, and nutty with lots of briny salinity, straw, even a faint trace of iodine along with bitter notes of flor and wet sand at the beach. It has a gentle dankness and a slight hint of oxidation, and it all adds up to a very complex and classic Manzanilla.
Deeply flavoured, very dry and quite intense with definite hints of cabezuela, that buttery slightly oily roundness which with a trace of oxidation gives that delightful pasada flavour. It is old Manzanilla, but with no signs of impending Amontillado which shows how carefully it has been looked after. Clean, fresh and very long, this is a delight.
This is Yuste´s top Manzanilla, bottled with no treatment whatsoever in an annual limited autumn release (around 1,000 bottles and 120 magnums). The solera, which is well over a century old, originally belonged to the Conde de Aldama who sold it to Manuel de Argueso and it was later bought by Francisco Yuste. It consists of 400 butts with 9 criaderas and is located in the Bodega Santa Ana. Despite the wine´s age of around 12 years, the flor remains on the surface all year round, though at this age it will be quite thin. This wine, which Francisco refers to as "the pearl of Sanlúcar" was selected from 3 butts and bottled in October 2017. A year´s bottle age adds nicely to its complexity.
69.50, La Tienda del Jerez

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