93 points Wine Advocate
Vinous Reverie Notes
This wine, before the generalization of the term “vino de manzanilla” (for which Cádiz was responsible), was plainly known locally as “vino blanco” (‘white wine’). It is no more and no less than that, a white wine, that we offer now as the fifth vintage of Navazos-Niepoort 2012, produced by Equipo Navazos following exactly the same rigorous quality criteria employed by the best winemakers of the Bajo Guadalquivir some 200 years ago: Palomino Fino musts sourced from a historic albariza vineyard (Pago Macharnudo), fermented in butt with indigenous yeasts that impregnate the vines and the fermentation vessels themselves, aged for more than five months under a layer of flor thanks to the action of more indigenous yeasts that take control immediately after fermentation, and of course with not a single drop of added alcohol. Variety: Palomino Fino. Fermentation: Hand harvested, gentle pneumatic pressing, natural yeast fermentation in old, neutral 600L American oak barrels. Aging: 5–10 months under flor in 5/6 filled, 600L neutral American oak casks.