This wine is a Fino en Rama from Jerez de la Frontera, the main town where sherries are produced, and in fact from where the word ‘Sherry’ comes, since this was the historical name of the town. It is 100% made with palomino fino grapes from the vineyards Cartera and Macharnudo Alto, in one of the noblest vine areas or ‘pagos’ in the Sherry District, located four kilometers West-Northwest of Jerez de la Frontera.
The Fino En Rama Navazos ferments with local yeasts and, after a small fortification so as to increase its alcohol content from ca. 12.5% to 15% abv, the wine enters the solera system where it has aged under a layer of flor for an average of five years. It is therefore a well aged fino, indeed far from the ten or more years of age of Equipo Navazos’ La Bota de Fino, but also exceedingly above the minimum legal age of two years. As a result, this fino is pungent and lively, but also complex and profound.
A relevant feature is that it is bottled ‘en rama’ (as actually are all sherries by Equipo Navazos). This means that no aggressive means of filtration or clarification have been used in the bottling process of this wine, only a minimal light filtration, without any cooling, so as to prevent that the yeasts of flor get into the bottle. What the wine lover will find inside any bottle of Fino En Rama Navazos is a most exact example of what she/he would taste directly from any of the casks from where it has been drawn. This is a bet for authenticity and a comeback to the tradition of bottling the finos as they are, keeping their natural complexity and depth, as well as it natural colour, far from the extreme paleness and clarification that has been the rule in the last few decades.