This is the ninth release of La Bota de Manzanilla, which again originates from the vineyards of Las Cañas (pagos Balbaína and Las Tablas) and La Soledad (pago El Cuadro) in Sanlúcar. It’s drawn from a small selection of toneles (750-litre butts) and botas of a quality that Barquín calls “outworldly”. These two-dozen or so casks have been carefully looked after by Eduardo Ojeda and his team for more than twelve years, and the wines have been getting more and more complex.
“One of the better-known wines from Navazos has been the Manzanilla, which has been bottled unfiltered a number of times… and averages seven years of age under flor. This is going to be the next release after edition 71, which was bottled almost three years ago. They want to make less frequent bottlings and let the wines develop in bottle. This certainly has the Guita character, mineral and austere with the explosive youth that often bring aromas of lemon peel and delicious bitter notes in the finish. This is really young and tender and should develop nicely in bottle. This seems to be a little lighter and more approachable. As they already have a lot of old and concentrated wines, it's good to have a less demanding and more approachable Manzanilla. 5,000 bottles.” 94 points, Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate.