Naudé Malvasia Rei Palomino 2017

Description

Pale gold. Interesting and unusual aroma that is quite hard to describe: a touch of baked-apple oxidative character as well as ripe apple with a note of honey and creamy spice but still with vibrant citrus. Much more aromatic than I expected from this variety. Rich and sour/spicy on the palate, the texture suggesting a lot of lees richness. Nicely chewy texture and very good acidity for this variety. It tastes as if there had been some skin contact. A lot of flavour at very moderate alcohol. Really tangy with green fruits and citrus on the long finish. Strange that it has the salty tang of sherry as well. In some ways it does taste a little like an unfortified sherry though there is no mention of flor influence in the winemaking details. Should age interestingly. A complex and multilayered wine that needs to be enjoyed as it changes over the course of an evening. 17+/20 Julia Harding MW of jancisrobinson.com

“Made from old vines from an area were they use this variety mostly to make sherry. I’ve always wanted to make a “wine” from these grapes and I managed to get 1 ton to do a ‘experiment. I had to make this wine 100% different to how the grapes are used for sherry. They are picked earlier to capture the freshness but before the acidity drops out. They are crushed very softly not to avoid bitterness from the skins, and naturally fermented. Weirdest fact was that during fermentation the juice was “orange” – never had this before – then fermentation orange starting changing to a paler yellow. I also tried to leave the wine on the lees as long as possible to get maximum flavours. Then it was left in older french oak barrels to settle and bottled with no filtration after 9 months.” Ian Naudé

Alc 12%
TA 5.6
RS 2

£25.00