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  • Bodegas Tradicion Amontillado VORS

    £64.95

    “The NV Tradicion Amontillado VORS, certainly has the more complex and subtle nose of all these VORS and is on average 45 years old. It has a very clean nose, with elegance and complexity, powerful but subtle notes of hazelnuts, honey and even some dates. The medium-bodied palate shows a sharp wine with strong salinity, it has the power and the lightness, in a very difficult combination. 96 points

    Bodegas Tradicion, despite its name, is one of the youngest wineries in Jerez, it was created in 1998, something not so common, as most of the houses have been in operation for generations. It’s also unusual for a winery to sell exclusively old wines, even more so when it’s a young operation. But this is what Bodegas Tradicion is about. They purchased wines (botas and soleras) from everybody, Osborne, Bobadilla, Croft, Domecq, Sandeman? In the beginning they had maybe 200 botas, and now they own around 1,000. The market at the time when they started was extremely hard for Sherry, and trying to sell a new name, and exclusively old wines, was almost impossible. In 2003 they sold a grand total of 600 bottles, whereas nowadays they sell 18,000-20,0000 bottles per year. They kind of started the other way round, selling only VORS (and one VOS), and working their way towards younger wines to feed their soleras. They have now even released a Fino (a very old Fino, but a Fino after all), and they explained that even though they started buying very old soleras, they are now in need of younger wines, and they do not rule out the need to even purchase their own vineyards in the future. A Benjamin Button kind of winery! The wines are in charge of Jose Maria Quiros, who was winemaker at Agustin Blazquez and later at Domecq and has been a consultant for Alvear in Montilla-Moriles for 15 years. His aim is to preserve traditions and keep the wines as pure and true to their style as possible, and they come through as clean, elegant, precise, well-defined, focused, true to their type and indeed traditional. All wines have a hand-written lot number and year on the label.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (208)

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  • Bodegas Tradicion Oloroso VORS

    £62.99

    “The single vintage wines are different, but they are not necessarily better than the solera wines. In fact I preferred the Oloroso VORS to the two single-vintage; I found it more complex and fluid, while the single vintages were more concentrated and powerful, but not as nuanced. I’m talking about the NV Tradicion Oloroso VORS, on average 45-50 years old, which gives the wine a concentration of glycerin and dry extract that is amazing. Silky, very interesting to see the wine that has been blended over the years is more complex. The proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove, it is full-bodied, and still follows the same, clean, elegant, precise line of the rest of the wines from Tradicion. Drink 2013-2025. 95 points

    Bodegas Tradicion, despite its name, is one of the youngest wineries in Jerez, it was created in 1998, something not so common, as most of the houses have been in operation for generations. It’s also unusual for a winery to sell exclusively old wines, even more so when it’s a young operation. But this is what Bodegas Tradicion is about. They purchased wines (botas and soleras) from everybody, Osborne, Bobadilla, Croft, Domecq, Sandeman? In the beginning they had maybe 200 botas, and now they own around 1,000. The market at the time when they started was extremely hard for Sherry, and trying to sell a new name, and exclusively old wines, was almost impossible. In 2003 they sold a grand total of 600 bottles, whereas nowadays they sell 18,000-20,0000 bottles per year. They kind of started the other way round, selling only VORS (and one VOS), and working their way towards younger wines to feed their soleras. They have now even released a Fino (a very old Fino, but a Fino after all), and they explained that even though they started buying very old soleras, they are now in need of younger wines, and they do not rule out the need to even purchase their own vineyards in the future. A Benjamin Button kind of winery! The wines are in charge of Jose Maria Quiros, who was winemaker at Agustin Blazquez and later at Domecq and has been a consultant for Alvear in Montilla-Moriles for 15 years. His aim is to preserve traditions and keep the wines as pure and true to their style as possible, and they come through as clean, elegant, precise, well-defined, focused, true to their type and indeed traditional. All wines have a hand-written lot number and year on the label.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (208)

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  • Cota 45 Ube Carrascal 2018

    £46.99

    “Cota 45 is the personal project of Ramiro Ibañez, one of the most dynamic young winemakers in Jerez. He’s also involved in the renaissance of De La Riva together with his friend Willy Pérez; the Mayetería Sanluqueña project with small growers from his village; and he is the winemaker for La Callejuela. He has a small winery by the beach in Bajo de Guía in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Without a doubt he is one of the pioneers in the new wave from Jerez.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (234)

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  • Cota 45 Ube Maina 2018

    £46.99

    “Cota 45 is the personal project of Ramiro Ibañez, one of the most dynamic young winemakers in Jerez. He’s also involved in the renaissance of De La Riva together with his friend Willy Pérez; the Mayetería Sanluqueña project with small growers from his village; and he is the winemaker for La Callejuela. He has a small winery by the beach in Bajo de Guía in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Without a doubt he is one of the pioneers in the new wave from Jerez.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (234)

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  • Equipo Navazos & Niepoort Navazos Niepoort Blanco 2018

    £24.95

    There is no 2017 (or 2019), so we jumped to the 2018 Navazos-Niepoort (and the 2020 too), a textbook example of the category that is still not allowed to wear the Sherry/Jerez appellation of unfortified white wines aged under flor. 2018 was a cooler and rainier year, but winemaker Eduardo Ojeda talked about a good vintage, produced in the same style and following the same method and with the same Palomino grapes from Macharnudo in Jerez. These wines seem to put on weight with years in bottle, and the chalky character from the soils gets more evident. It has a dry finish. I guess this is going to age really well and be among the finest vintages for this wine. 4,000 bottles were filled in 2019. Drink: 2022-2028. 93+ points

    Equipo Navazos keeps churning out bottlings of incredible wines of high-quality sherries. I had not tasted their wines for a while, so there were a lot of wines to taste. During the pandemic years, they celebrated their 15th anniversary and 100th new wine (either with a new name or a new vintage). I have now tasted up to their 118th wine… They have been really influential, almost inventing and recovering styles and a type of project that others are now following. They have also branched into more spirits, vermouth and even vinegar, which I didn’t taste!”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (09/22)

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  • Vina Corrales Pago Balbaina Fino N.V.

    £33.95

    “The NV Fino Viña Corrales Pago Balbaína was bottled in 2021, clearly shown on the label and on the cork. It has a round, lush and buttery texture, a full-bodied palate and very pungent flavors. What surprised me from this bottling is the freshness and elegance that makes the wine feel lighter and easier to drink. This feels one step above the first bottling I tasted last year. It has incredible aromatics that are super complex, with notes of diesel, potpourri, wet chalk, esparto grass and yeasts. This is simply superb and even difficult because it’s sooooo easy to drink. In 2020, they did two bottlings, or sacas, in the spring and autumn, which is quite unusual because the idea is to do only one bottling per year. In 2021, they bottled a little bit later, trying to soften the character of the “beticus” yeasts. They filled some 7,500 bottles in May 2021. This was bottled completely “en rama,” unfiltered and unfined. Drink: 2022-2028. 96+ points

    Bodegas San Francisco Javier is the joint venture in Jerez from Peter “Pingus” Sisseck and Carlos “Hacienda Monasterio” del Río. I tasted the 2021 bottling of their Fino, which was even better, fresher and more elegant than the already surprising 2020. I published this note as part of the portfolio of his different wines, and I include it here for context and completeness.”

    Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (09/22)

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