Friday, 19 July 2019

Ojo de Gallo 2017 12.5%, José Estévez

Bright pale strawy gold with golden highlights.
Fresh with notable minerality and plenty of Palomino apple, it has that gentle richness and elegance so typical of Macharnudo wines - emphasised a lille by lees ageing - and there is also a certain salinity. There is even the faintest honeysucle note after a while. Most attractive.
Lots of crunchy apple up front with a trace of malic acidity, then it softens off and some of that Macharnudo body comes through rounding it off nicely. There is a background trace of apple tart and custard too which almost obscures the classic chalky texture and trace salinity.
This is the third release of this excellent and successful table wine made from the firm´s own extensive vineyards in the pago Macharnudo Alto, one of the highest vineyard areas of Jerez and the farthest from the sea. The vines are around 25 years old and the must is fermented in stainless steel tanks using natural yeasts. After fermentation the wine is left on fine lees for six months before stabilisation and bottling in spring.
8.20 euros, Licores Corredera


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