Friday, 4 January 2019

La Bota de Florpower 84 MMXVI 12%, Equipo Navazos

Mid depth strawy gold with brassy-gold highlights.
Very nice, very Sanlúcar and very individual. Fresh salty sea air and a slightly appley note with a gentle yeasty flor edge which is not particularly pronounced, but there is much more: an almost smoky strawy note, a hint of minerality and a faintly agricultural touch. It is nicely integrated yet you can pick out all sorts of nuances which will likely homogenise further with more time in bottle.
Fresh, very clean and slightly lean at first but it grows broader as it opens out. There is a lovely chalky slightly saline albariza texture and an attractive balance between that appley Palomino fruit and spot on acidity giving a gentle tang as well as a lovely tension between fruit and salinity which makes it frighteningly moreish.
This delicious wine is the 2016 and fifth release of this classic vino blanco from Sanlúcar, so dear to the hearts of Equipo Navazos. It is made with Palomino Fino grapes grown in the pago Miraflores La Baja which is powerfully influenced by the Atlantic andthus benefits from the Poniente wind. The must was fermented in 600 litre butts and aged in them for eight months under flor before being transferred to stainless steel tanks in which the flor influence was a bit more restrained and where the wine remained until bottling in June 2018. The idea was to achieve the best possible balance between biological ageing and terroir, and it worked. 3,000 bottles released, sealed with a screwcap.
25.95 De Albariza

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