Las Medallas Manzanilla de Arguesco
This Manzanilla from Bodegas Arguesco is made from Palomino Fino grapes, the same grape used for fino from Jerez. Arguesco are located in the coastal area of Sanlucar de Barrameda in Andalucia. People say that this proximity to the sea lends the wine the characteristic salty tang, of which Manzanilla is renowned for.
The wine is aged and produced in much the same way as fino from Jerez, in that it is fortified to around 15% abv & then aged in a solera system of barrels called Sobretablas, under a layer of yeast called flor. However, the major difference between these two styles of Palomino, is location. Sanlucar is much closer to the sea and has much higher humidity levels which affects the flor, providing a much thicker layer of yeast to protect the wine than the warmer, and therefore thinner flor, of Jerez. Wines from Sanlucar tend to be lighter in texture, style and have wonderful elegance compared to the weightier finos from Jerez.
Expect lots of freshness in this wine; orange blossom, citrus peel, delicate bready notes, hints of flora & oyster shells. The palate has delicacy, weight and structure and finishes with that signature saltiness. A perfect apperitif.