Saturday, 7 October 2017

La Bota de Manzanilla 71 "Navazos" 15%, Equipo Navazos

Fairly deep in colour with a distinct amber tone and bright golden highlights.
Clean and fresh with a certain wild saline maritime air yet at the same time quite serious with some pasada notes. There are hints of minerals and dried herbs as well as delightfully bitter yet restrained flor with a trace of nuts coming through. While definitely still a Manzanilla, there are faint oxidative hints of a maturity beyond its seven years. Wonderfully complex.
Magnificent attack with amazing intensity of flavour. A "Manzanillazo"! Bone dry, gently tangy and super fresh with a fantastic balance between the zip that carries it through and the sheer complexity of flavour and terrific length. Those slight oxidative notes really provide character. All that is wonderful about Sanlucar in a glass.
This superb and exciting wine was bottled in January 2017 with an average age of about seven years and comes from La Guita, though not from the soleras themselves. The firm's chief oenologist Eduardo Ojeda has been gradually putting aside a few dozen particularly interesting toneles and butts over the last ten years, and this is the eighth Equipo Navazos release from them. They were selected for being the most classic and authentic examples of pure Manzanilla. It was bottled en rama effectively but with the lightest possible filtration. Some 5,000 bottles were released.
24 euros Drinkmonger

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