Equipo Navazos, I Think Manzanilla En Rama, DO Jerez, Spain, 2023
Equipo Navazos was born out of a group of friend’s passion to share the authentic, traditional wines of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Montilla … legitimately some of the greatest wines of the world!
These wines come from soleras and individual casks that remain, relatively neglected by the market in corners of many of Andalusia’s most prestigious bodegas. These unexpected yet fortunate findings have been made available to wine lovers around the world in limited quantities under the La Bota series (consecutively numbered editions, with the date of each saca or withdrawl date on the label) … in doing so respecting generations of expertise and care for these rare and beautiful wines. Today their efforts are increasingly focused on producing their own exceptional wines, such as Florpower, that truly express the character of Sanlúcar and its unique terroir. Outside of Andalusia, Equipo Navazos have collaborated with winemakers including Dirk Niepoort and Sergi Colet to develop authentic and individual wines that never fail to impress.
Eduardo Ojeda has invested much effort improving the quality of wines, barrels and infrastructure at La Guita over recent years. We have witnessed the success of his work in extraordinary wines like those of the Manzanilla Pasada series (La Bota 10,20,30,49,50 and now 58) but we believe nothing demonstrates Eduardo’s success quite so much as this release of I Think. I Think represents almost a personal selection of the wines available at the La Guita cellars and with this release - at once vital, vibrant, edgy Manzanilla with characteristic salty tang and a linear shaft of minerality piercing through the whole of the palate yet also a wine that has weight and complexity – Eduardo shows us more of the general level of the wines in the bodega.
60 casks are selected out of 12,000 to create the "I think" Manzanilla En Rama. It is, besides a humble homage to Charles Darwin as a symbol of the triumph of reason, a true and untamed Manzanilla. Bottled "en rama" after barely the slightest filtration process, it retains the intense golden colour and pungent character it exhibits straight from the butts where it ages under flor for about four and a half years.
4 1/2 Years
Type: Sherry cask
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
A fine Manzanilla that's powerfully aromatic. Fresh, with a salty tang, with plenty of acidity together with a very satisfying lemon twist to the finish. A natural Product with plenty of colour, weight and concentration.
Seafood, Oysters and Tapas!
Palomino Fino 100%
12 x 37.5cl
Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 94 Points
Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 97 Points
Award: Jancis Robinson 16.5 Points
Award: Robert Parkers The Wine Advocate 92 Points