Thursday, 24 May 2018

Manzanilla Pasada Solear en rama Spring 2018 15%, Barbadillo

Brass tinged bright gold with golden highlights.
Forthcoming and complex with lots of yeasty flor, sourdough and olive brine and saline marine notes along with plenty of bitterness and faint hints of dry herbs and butter. It is super fresh and zesty with more serious background notes of yeast autolysis adding to that complexity yet melding beautifully together to form a delicious whole.
Full and assertive up front with a delightful yeasty almondy bitterness, and once the initial attack subsides it leaves a super clean sophisticated Manzanilla with lots of nuances such as faint salinity, traces of straw and dry scrub and doughy olive brine. Balance is perfect, and it is so refreshing one needs to take care not to drink it too quickly and miss some of its lovely character.
This wine, first released in 1999, is now in its 19th year and is as good as ever. March was very wet, and along with April, on the cool side, creating perfect conditions for the flor to flourish, and it is certainly very pronounced in this wine. As always it consists of standard 6 years old Solear aged for an extra 2 years in an intermediate solera before the Amontillado solera and bottled in half bottles and magnums, en rama, naturally.
14,30 per half bottle, Licores Corredera

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