Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Vino Blanco La Gitana 2017 12.5%, Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana

Pale bright gold with brassy golden highlights.
Attractive and interesting, very fresh and bright with lots of tangy fruit. There are some hints of very slightly grassy greenness with notes of crisp green apple and a trace of kiwi from the Sauvignon Blanc along with the more familiar appley style of Palomino and the blend works very well.
Fresh and fairly crisp with a slightly livelier acidity than Palomino on its own yet balance is good.  All that is enhanced by a gentle salinity in the background and the hallmark dry chalky texture of albariza. The Sauvignon is a little less lean and green when grown so far south but still makes its presence felt while the Palomino is by no means lost in the blend.
While the back label says that this is a new wine, it has in fact been available for some time. Nonetheless, it is very good and has a fairly unique character as it contains a proportion of Sauvignon Blanc grapes blended into the Palomino and they are harvested a little later than the Manzanilla grapes giving a little more body and roundness. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged on lees for about 6 months in ex Manzanilla butts before bottling. Great value.
3.90 ex bodega

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