Equipo Navazos I Think Manzanilla Saca de February de 2020 375ml

Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain

A Manzanilla from a 60-strong cask selection from the production of La Guita, one of the finest Manzanilla producers in Spain.



This has incredible quality for the price.

Luis Gutierrez (The Wine Advocate)

About This Wine

Plucked from the production of La Guita, where Navazos co-founder Eduardo Ojeda oversees production in his role as the Technical Director of José Estévez. As with all their releases, this wine was bottles direct from cask, eschewing traditional sterile filtration.

Bottled in February 2020, it's a potent and briny wine, with a seductively deep texture and a deep tangy drive. The wines spent over 4 years under flor, providing a vibrant orange/gold colour and some nutty development.

It's a much deeper colour than almost all other Manzanillas in its price bracket, in part due to the direct bottling and lack of filtration common amongst most commercial production. This aged and unfiltered style makes this wine stand out amongst those other Manzanillas, as it is worlds apart in terms of complexity and interest.

About Equipo Navazos

The Equipo Navazos project was started by a group of Spanish Sherry lovers led by wine writer and Sherry guru Jesús Barquín, regular contributor to World of Fine Wine and Professor of Criminology at the University of Granada. These “Sherryphiles” were aware, through their own extensive tastings, of a treasure trove of brilliant Sherries that were sitting, unbottled, in the bodegas of Jerez, Sanlucar and Montilla. Bodegas often have butts or casks (bota) of Sherry whose small volume makes it commercially unviable to bottle separately

The concept behind Equipo Navazos (Team Navazos) was to select specific bota of such wines for individual bottling, unfiltered or lightly filtered (Sherry is typically put through a very firm filtration). The wines were selected for their quality and for their distinct personalities, which would have been a shame to lose in a large blend. Initially these bottlings were intended only for a select group of friends and professionals. Yet the response was so enthusiastic that it became very clear to those behind Equipo Navazos that something important could come of this idea; namely that the opportunity existed to remind the world of just how great Sherry could be. To this end the project was expanded to allow for a small ‘commercial’ release of certain wines to a handful of international markets. After three years, Australia started to get a tiny allocation.

Jesus Barquin, co-founder of Equipo Navazos, marking the barrels
Jesus Barquin, co-founder of Equipo Navazos, marking the barrels
The cellar of Miguel Sánchez, Andalucia, Spain
Additional Info

From The Producer

Bottled after barely the slightest filtration process, it retains the intense golden color and pungent character it exhibits straight from the butts where it ages under flor for about four and a half years.

Blend : Palomino, Pedro Ximénez, Moscatel de Grano Menudo, Moscatel de Alejandría
ABV : 15.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 375ml

The Barrels of Equipo Navazos
The Barrels of Equipo Navazos
Andalucia, Spain
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"Pale straw-green; a mown grass, hedgerow, nutty bouquet. The palate is vibrant, fresh and crunchy, with a classic dry finish, lingering long, with no phenolics, and a fresh breeze aftertaste." - James Halliday (Weekend Australian)

The Wine Advocate

"It might have more flor character even if the soil is very much present, especially in the textured palate. This has incredible quality for the price. This particular bottling felt unusually fresh for the time it had already been in bottle. It has more body and structure, and it might develop slower and longer." - Luis Gutierrez 92+ Points (The Wine Advocate)


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