Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Manzanilla Arboledilla Levante saca 2019 15%, Barbadillo

Bright yellowy gold with golden highlights.
Delightfully fresh with some herbal notes, traces of apple and quince and quite saline; it really smells of the sea. The yeasty bitterness of the flor is not particularly pronounced, though by no means absent, and is more like sourdough with traces of olive brine and even a faint trace of lemon and a fainter still trace of cinnamon giving the wine a distinct character and charm.
Clean, quite zippy, almost crisp and good and dry with that characteristic chalky texture while the salinity, olive, bread dough and herbs are  still there. It is light, clean, fresh and zestful, and perhaps slightly more graceful than the Poniente, but equally good and it develops slightly more in the glass.
Bottled en rama in February 2019 with only 600 bottles available. It is a selection from butts on the the Levante (eastern) side of the huge and beautiful Arboledilla bodega which houses the enormous Solear solera. Despite being located barely a couple of hundred metres apart, wines from each side of the bodega show subtle but noticeable and interesting differences in their character after 4-5 years of ageing. For that reason the wines are sold in pairs of one of each and they really challenge one´s tasting skills. There is one annual saca but the timing of this varies.
12.50 euros

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