Manzanilla and Fino Las Botas 

Once again in Territorio Era, where else, and trying yet more new wines. This time the wines labelled as “Las Botas”. A barrel selected manzanilla and fino chosen from two distinguished soleras – San Leon Reserva Familiar and Camborio – and bottled en rama by Raul Villabrille, sommelier at the legendary El Campero in Barbate.

Two excellent wines, no doubt. The manzanilla has the benefit of a good age in solera, is aromatic with haybales and herbs but not over the top, then full bodied and full flavoured on the palate but fresh and elegant, with a nice compact profile overall.  The fino too is a cracker. Maybe not quite as aromatic as the manzanilla but has a sharper salinity and that horizontal muscle. Again a full bodied and full flavoured wine with a nice shape to it – a sharp entry, sharp fresh finish and a nice package in between.

A great example of the value of barrel selections – and en rama bottlings of familiar wines.

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