La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada 50 “Bota Punta” is a new take on this quasi magical cask that for decades has remained as unperturbed gate keeper next to the entrance of the cellar of La Guita at Calle Misericordia in Sanlúcar, that same building that between XVIth to XIXth centuries was the Hospital San Juan de Dios, before named Hospital of Santa Misericordia. The nature of this cask and its unique location with such force make that, in less than two years, the already extraordinary Manzanilla Pasada sourced from its fourteen sisters casks that was used to refill this ‘Bota Punta’, has turned into an insuperable wine. An unusual wine, which complexity and concentration, combined with the freshness in the mouth typical from authentic Manzanilla, turn it unquestionably in a member of the very exclusive club of the greatest wines in the world.
A unique chacateristic that helps make this wine unique and gives it its biological character (intense and waxy saltiness in the mouth) is that the casks are filled almost “a tocadedos” (‘fingertouch’), well above the usual 5/6 sherry level. Thus, the film of yeast (very weakened by age and nutrient scarcity in the wine) of these vessels is not as wide and can be maintained with the income of frequent spring of fresh wine, keeping it fresh to accomplish its role as a barrier between the wine and the intense oxidative effect of the air. Moreover, the weakness and small size of the Flor is not enough to maintain a strong effect in the Manzanilla, and that’s the reason why shows some elegant oxidative notes and starts getting more alcohol content, around 16%.
This “Bota Punta” has individually starred in two other editions of the series, numbered as #20 and #40. In all three cases it is a very special wine, of course with its own nuances, but always with a hard to find depth. We are often asked what’s our favorite of all the releases that have come out so far from this Solera 1/15 (numbers 10, 20, 30, 39, 40 and 50), and often openly answer pointing any of them tasted recently that has impressed us. But almost invariably, the next bottle opened, puts us back into doubt. What we are sure in any case is that this edition # 50 of La Bota de Manzanilla Pasada is at the highest level, both for the standard set by its predecessors, and also for the special symbolic character for us of getting into 50th editions of ‘La Bota’, eight years and some months after this adventure began, also in Sanlúcar, in late 2005.