Friday 25 August 2017

El Muelle de Olaso 2016 14%, Bodegas Luis Pérez

Pale silvery strawy gold with golden reflections.
Full and inviting, charming, soft with apples and pears and a hint of flowers like camomile but behind that, and as it warms up, there are barely perceptible notes of straw and minerals giving it more of a Carrascal Palomino character. The charm slightly outweighs the origin but it is there.
Plenty of orchard fruit; apples pears even white peach, delicious with lowish yet perfectly balanced acidity and gentle texture. This wine is dangerously easy to drink and another example of how good Palomino can be in skilled hands.
This is the first release of this new wine, alongside its red partner El Triángulo (QV), both Vinos de la Tierra de Cádiz. It is made from 100% Palomino grapes grown in the pago Carrascal and hand harvested in various passes over nearly two months to achieve perfect ripeness. 80% of the grapes are fermented at low temperature in stainless steel tank while 20% are briefly sunned before fermentation in seasoned Sherry butts, presumably Manzanilla or Fino. The finished wine is aged in tank for six months on its fine lees and without flor. At the moment the wine is delightfully fruity and fragrant but hopefully more of the vineyard will become apparent as it ages in bottle. The Muelle de Olaso was a pier built by the Marqués de Olaso in Sanlúcar in 1922, and notable for being constructed from reinforced concrete beams, designed for unloading fish and for passengers going to and from Sevilla. It was demolished in 2005.
9.00 euros, Er Guerrita

Official photo - looks red but is white

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