Williams & Humbert, Allegria, Manzanilla Superior, DO Manzanilla-Sanlucar de Barrameda, Jerez, Spain, NV
This wine: lot No. LX27B, varietal palomino fino, agglomerate cork stopper, 37.5cl, 15% abv, widely available, £5.50 (11/17)
Consumer tasting note: a typical lemon hued manzanilla from coastal Jerez, with strong aromas developed from ageing under a layer of flor – doughy, yeasty, nutty, a hint of bruised apple; medium bodied, with similar flavours, plus dried flowers, a hint of button mushroom and crushed almond. Finishes medium-long.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of yeast, dough, bready nuances, an indistinct floral note, a touch herbaceous, nutty – crushed hazelnut, well bruised cooking apple (so that it is going brown), a hint of fresh varnish.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, fortified low, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture with a low-key grip, with flavours of dried flowers, yeast, touch of button mushroom, hint of bruised apple, crushed almond. A medium (+) length with a clean fresh yeasty-bready finish, with a moderate grip, and a slight bitterness on the end.
Quality: very good, well-balanced fresh acidity with alcohol; showing strong intensity throughout, with moderate complexity from time in a fino solera under flor; moderate to strong concentration follows into a sound medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for up to a year – a sound structure, finos are created for consumption sooner than later, within 3 months of purchase seems a common rule of thumb.