About the Wine
Awesome Oloroso, the style of sherry aged with flor but oxidatively (often outdoors). They carry extra alcohol, and often, but not always, some sweetness.
This exceptional sherry is from a solera that dates back some thirty years, housed at Perez Barquero in Montilla, several hours inland from coastal Jerez and Sanlucar. In fact, it is not officially sherry at all but that's a long story.
Rich and decadent but not over sweet, this is about as good as Oloroso can get, with fresh and dried fruits, walnut oil, coffee and insane intensity.
We list it as fortified - but in fact it is not! It's 21% alcohol is all achieved naturally, through grape ripeness and evaporation.
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.