Thursday, 7 February 2019

Vino Blanco Maina Corta y Raspa 2017 13%, Antonio Bernal

Pale to mid golden staw with golden highlights.
Fresh and forthcoming with some depth and sophistication, it has all the appley airs of Palomino and a trace of saltiness while being very well rounded. There is no detectable flor and the nose is of ripe apple and quince with perhaps a faint trace of apricot.
Very slightly higher acidity than expected and there is a little more of that raw Sanlúcar wildness yet it is nicely balanced with slightly grassy ripe apple hints, a trace of salinity and that classic albariza chalky texture. Tangy, fresh and lively, it is very attractive and might age well for a couple of years.
This is the second release of this wine which comes from La Charanga vineyard in the northwest part of the pago Maina, a little inland from Sanlúcar, and with barajuela type albariza. The vines are over 30 years old and production is kept low. Antonio Bernal Ortega is a fourth generation grower and leading member of the Mayetería Sanluqueña, the brainchild of Ramiro Ibáñez to provide growers with a more profitable way of selling their grapes. Antonio makes various wines like Moscatel and Tintilla and this wine, made from Palomino, is fermented in butts and bottled with minimal filtration. Only about 1,000 bottles were made.
9.95 euros, De Albariza

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