In a nutshell: A half bottle of a powerfully aromatic and tangy Manzanilla.
The lowdown: Bottled after the barest of filtration this fine, powerfully aromatic Manzanilla retains the intense golden colour and pungent character it acquired while ageing for over four years in butts. Fresh, with a salty tang and plenty of acidity together with a very satisfying lemon twist to the finish. There's also plenty of colour, weight and concentration. This is the 2017 release from specialist independent sherry bottlers Equipo Navazos.
When to drink: Chilled Manzanilla while always a good aperitif also goes well with things like deep fried seafood.
Equipo Navazos is a group of friends who have united over a shared passion for the treasures of Jerez, Sanlúcar, El Puerto and Montilla. One of the main driving forces behind things has been the much respected sherry aficionado Jesús Barquín.
They work closely with local producers to identify high quality butts of sherry with finesse and complexity which they then bottle and offer in very limited amounts.
As well as producing sherry, more recently they've branched out and collaborated with other winemakers including Dirk Niepoort and Sergi Colet to develop some intriguing and characterful still wines from Jerez and sparkling wines from further north in Penèdes.