La Bota de Manzanilla 82 “florpower mmxv” is, first and foremost, a vintage (2015) white wine, and a single-vineyard one, 100% varietally made from Palomino Fino sourced from vineyards in the Pago Miraflores La Baja (Sanlúcar) and fermented–following the traditional method–in the same butts where it was subsequently aged under flor. Fortified from 12% to 15% with wine spirit, it later aged in Sanlúcar de Barrameda for almost three years following the traditional biological system. It is, therefore, a manzanilla: a single vineyard, vintage manzanilla.
Admitted this is a complex scenario: if Florpower has always been an unfortified white wine, why mess it up now with a Manzanilla “florpower”? Well, because it’s what it is. It’s both a manzanilla and Florpower 2015, only with a little added alcohol and and an extra year of age under flor.
This is the kind of dry, flora enhanced, minerally manzanilla I love to drink before dinner with nibbles like marcona almonds, salted nuts, anchovies, semi-hard cheeses, green olives, hummus, salty potato chips, slices of spicy chorizo, Iberico ham, salted cod fritters, even steak tartar — get the idea! No need to consume the entire bottle, just refrigerate and drink over the near term. Don’t underestimate this manzanilla, as it is assertive enough to serve with a main course fin fish like salmon, swordfish, poached prawns, or octopus!
“There is often a twist on the Navazos releases, and the 2015 La Bota de Manzanilla 82 Florpower MMXV is the same wine as edition 77, but it was fortified and had additional time under flor, almost three years. It’s a single-vintage and single-harvest Manzanilla, a true rarity nowadays, from two plots in Pago Miraflores la Baja in Sanlúcar de Barrameda fermented in 600-liter sherry butts, where it matured until its bottling in 2018. It has great complexity and fulfills the rules to be a Manzanilla, but it has the vineyard signature (the old vines in Miraflores) that provides great elegance. Even if the vintage is not certified as such, this is a Manzanilla that inherits the FlorPower character and its finesse. It has a spectacular palate, great power and finesse, and it’s very developed, as it was never refreshed with newer wine. Simply spectacular. 3,500 bottles produced.” – 94 points, Wine Advocate (June 2019) DRINK to 2024.