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Manzanilla Pasada en rama Solear saca Verano 2018 15%, Barbadillo
Bright amber-tinged gold with golden highlights. Nose
Intense and attractive, very yeasty and fresh with hints of sourdough, straw, esparto and dry grassy scrubland with some herbs, yet there is a slightly saline humid air about it and a hint of autolysis from the cabezuela balanced by a lovely bitter flor note. It is complex, homogeneous and lovely.
It starts off big and rich yet becomes elegant and dry, it has good acidity yet also a certain creaminess which along with that flor bitterness excites the palate splendidly. There's a faint strawy almond pastry note, traces of herbs and dough, but above all yeast. This is a lovely wine.
As usual, the wine comes from the firm's own vineyards in Gibalbin and Santa Lucia and has an average age of about 8 years. It was selected from 15 butts in the 550 butt intermediate solera in the bodega El Potro, about 100 litres from each, and filled into 4,000 half bottles in early June with the minimum possible of filtration and a decent quality natural cork. The solera was then topped up with Solear aged about 6 years. The summer saca naturally shows the state of the flor during the preceding 3 months of spring when the flor is at its thickest, and this year spring was comparatively cool making the wine so delightfully yeasty.
14.30 euros per half bottle Licores Corredera