Equipo Navazos La Bota 99 Vino Blanco Florpower MMXIX Antes de la Flor 2019

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Equipo Navazos La Bota 99 Vino Blanco Florpower MMXIX Antes de la Flor 2019
Equipo Navazos La Bota 99 Vino Blanco Florpower MMXIX Antes de la Flor 2019
Producer Equipo Navazos
Region, Country Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 19611-750

Screwcap. Jancis, you had us at “not for fruit lovers”. Antes de la flor (‘before the flor’) is another milestone for the Equipo. Put simply, it’s an old vine, single-vineyard and single vintage Palomino, vinified in the classic white wine style. There was no biological aging. Another difference from previous Florpower releases is that No.99 was fermented and raised in stainless steel, not in cask. 

As usual the grapes were hand harvested from old vines (up to 80-plus years of age) in Miraflores La Baja. This year they were naturally fermented and raised for 12 months in a single, 10,000-litre stainless-steel tank. In the bodega the wine remained protected from flor by topping up and remaining on its lees. The result is not just a fascinating insight into what the table wines of the region may have looked like (before fortification took hold) but it’s also simply a delicious, savoury vin de terroir of the bleach-white soils of Sanlucar. 

Along with the Navazos-Niepoort bottling, La Bota de Florpower is Navazos’ second single-vineyard, unfortified white wine and is inspired by a period in Andalucían wine history before fortification was the norm. While the Navazos-Niepoort is sourced from Jerez's de-facto Grand Cru vineyard, Macharnudo Alto, this wine comes from Sanlúcar’s own blue-ribbon (and most revered) terroir, the Pago Miraflores. 

As opposed to the power and structure of Macharnudo in Jerez, here the tosca cerrada albariza soils give more roundness and floral charm to the wines, along with plenty of the oyster shell/iodine salinity that we expect of the finest Sanlúcar wines. At just 11.5% alc, this energetic, sapid and chalky textured wine was born to pair with food.

Equipo Navazos La Bota 99 Vino Blanco Florpower MMXIX Antes de la Flor 2019
Equipo Navazos La Bota 99 Vino Blanco Florpower MMXIX Antes de la Flor 2019

Reviews

“Smells salty and just very slightly yeasty, even without the flor influence – or maybe these are a consortium of aromas I associate with Manzanilla when in fact they are the aromas of wine made from this vineyard? Dried wild flowers and hay, too. Pungent but with an aroma I find impossible to describe. There is a very strong mineral quality but I am not sure where mineral starts and salty ends. Salty in the mouth too, powerful flavour with intensity but almost no weight in the mouth thanks to the very low alcohol. Salty, sour, mineral, with citrus at the very end. The producers note: ‘fine, clean, sharp, vertical’. Extremely pure, mouth-watering, long. Not for fruit lovers, it’s lean but not in the least thin. Remarkable intensity. If you taste this alongside the 101 Manzanilla, there are so many similarities, this is just more delicate and not at all oxidative.”
17 points, 17 points, Jancis Robinson, Jancisrobinson.com

Reviews

“Smells salty and just very slightly yeasty, even without the flor influence – or maybe these are a consortium of aromas I associate with Manzanilla when in fact they are the aromas of wine made from this vineyard? Dried wild flowers and hay, too. Pungent but with an aroma I find impossible to describe. There is a very strong mineral quality but I am not sure where mineral starts and salty ends. Salty in the mouth too, powerful flavour with intensity but almost no weight in the mouth thanks to the very low alcohol. Salty, sour, mineral, with citrus at the very end. The producers note: ‘fine, clean, sharp, vertical’. Extremely pure, mouth-watering, long. Not for fruit lovers, it’s lean but not in the least thin. Remarkable intensity. If you taste this alongside the 101 Manzanilla, there are so many similarities, this is just more delicate and not at all oxidative.”
17 points, 17 points, Jancis Robinson, Jancisrobinson.com

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