Equipo Navazos & Niepoort Navazos Niepoort Blanco 2018


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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)