Thursday, 15 December 2016

Manzanilla Solear en rama Verano 2016 15%, Barbadillo

Bright pale gold with the slightest tinge of brass and light legs.
Intense and very dry with loads of bitter flor, hints of dried flowers and scrub followed by marine salinity and a slight trace of background cabezuela and dankness with a faint buttery rancio note, all perfectly balanced and it just keeps on developing. What a cracking nose!
Equally intense with a pronounced fresh seaside bitterness which gives way to a slightly fuller, fatter feel. This is a seriously complex wine with lots of pasada character yet fresh as a daisy and it has terrific length leaving a long memory of all that flor. This stuff is wild!
Made from manually harvestd grapes from Barbadillo's Gibalbin and Santa Lucia vineyards of pure albariza and aged for an average of 8 years. The 550 butt solera in the bodega El Potro has two "clases" as they call criaderas in Sanlucar, with the second (youngest) one being topped up with Solear which is already an average of 6 years old. Sacas are made every three months, or seasonally, and from 15 selected butts from each of which 100 litres is taken, giving a release of 5625 half bottles, each filled with minimal filtration or en rama. Or as Barbadillo put it "Como Dios la trajo al mundo" (as God brought it into the world). After a spring of variable temperatures, the late rains brought high humidity which the flor loves and gave the wine its exceptionally yeasty character.
15 euros per half bottle from Licores Corredera

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