Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Amontillado en rama 17.5%, Carvajal Wines SA
Bright amber fading through straw with old gold highlights to a trace of green at the rim.
Well rounded oxidative notes balance with the crisper slightly saline character you´d expect from Sanlúcar and faintly sweet soft toasted almond and hazelnut praline and sourdough bread crust notes. There is notable complexity here with traces of tobacco and dry autumn leaves and a sort of robust elegance making for a very attractive wine.
There are still faint traces of its Manzanilla past with hints of minerality, salinity and a slightly higher acidity giving a certain crispness, but all that is offset by a trace of glycerine and those tight nutty flavours. This is a serious wine which manages to combine the raw wild maritime character of Manzanilla with the elegance of a well aged Amontillado, and it has terrific length.
Jaime de Carvajal worked for many years with González Byass, and certainly knows his wines. In recent years he has been working on his own projects, starting with the excellent red wine Cobijado, the result of a joint project with Barbadillo, and now he is working with Delgado Zuleta with a range of Manzanilla, Amontillado, Oloroso and a Medium of fine quality as well as representing the wines of Cayetano del Pino in Jerez. This wine has real character and is very good value for money.
Price17.25 euros, Licores Corredera