Equipo Navazos I Think Manzanilla Saca de February de 2020

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James Halliday – "Pale straw-green; a mown grass, hedgerow, nutty bouquet. The palate is vibrant, fresh and crunchy, with a classic dry finish, lingering long, with no phenolics, and a fresh breeze aftertaste." 95 Points, James Halliday, the Weekend Australian Magazine

About This Wine

15% ABV. From the stellar Equipo Navazos stable, this Manzanilla comes from a 60-strong cask selection made by Navazos founders' Jesus Barquin and Eduardo Ojeda that was plucked from the production of La Guita, one of the most famous (and finest) Manzanilla producers (and where Ojeda oversees production in his role as the Technical Director of José Estévez). As always, this current bottling was drawn from its barrels 'en rama' (directly). This is how Manzanilla used to be bottled before sterile filtering became the standard in Jerez.

The current batch was bottled in February 2020 and it's a wonderfully potent and briny, yet seductive wine with a deep, silky texture and plenty of sustained, tangy drive. Four and a half years under flor, and gentle bottling direct from cask, has also delivered a vibrant orange/gold colour and some nutty development. It's a much deeper colour than almost all other Manzanillas on the market (which are typically very clear due to their youth and sterile filtration). That makes this unique in comparison to all other Manzanillas in its price range. It remains light years ahead from the more common and conventional Manzanillas most are familiar with.

"Pale straw-green; a mown grass, hedgerow, nutty bouquet. The palate is vibrant, fresh and crunchy, with a classic dry finish, lingering long, with no phenolics, and a fresh breeze aftertaste." 95 Points, James Halliday, the Weekend Australian Magazine

"It might have more flor character even if the soil is very much present, especially in the textured palate. This has incredible quality for the price. This particular bottling felt unusually fresh for the time it had already been in bottle. It has more body and structure, and it might develop slower and longer." 92+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

Type Dessert, Sherry & Port
Country Spain
Region Sanlucar de Barrameda
Brand Equipo Navazos
Vintage 2020

Wines of Spain

With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.

The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.

In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.

Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.

Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.

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