Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Retallo Blanco 2017 12%, Bodega Manuel Aragón

Pale to mid strawy gold with golden reflections.
A very fresh, gently tangy and attractive balance of fruit and flor greets the nose, though if anything the fruit outweighs the flor, with notes of quince, apple, pear along with slightly floral hints of straw. There is a slight fresh air in the orchard sensation and then a note of weight and roundness comes through adding a more sophisticated touch.
Clean, light and fairly crisp yet decently balanced, very young and appley - I assume the malo-lactic was carried out. It still has a slight rawness but I suspect it will develop very well in a year or two, rounding itself off and showing more mature fruit: there are already encouraging signs on the nose. So it is a very decent wine with some character and potential.
This is a brand new wine from an old bodega located in Chiclana, in the production zone. It is also novel and pretty unusual. It is made by Chano Aragón from Pedro Ximénez grapes from a 1 hectare plot in the pago Cañadilla which has albariza soil and which is entered by the gateway on the label. The grapes are picked at normal ripeness, not super ripeness needed for sweet wines, and vinified dry. After fermentation the wine ages under flor for around six months till bottling en rama in March. Only a little over 1,000 bottles were produced and stoppered with a Diam cork. A "retallo" is a kind of wooden wedge used to locate barrels in a solera system. Frustratingly there is no sign of a vintage date, but this is the first release so it wasn´t a problem - this time.

9.65 euros, Licores Corredera

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