At EQUIPO NAVAZOS we are determined to extract the full potential of biological ageing under flor at natural (unfortified) alcohol content. It was following that path that the white Navazos-Niepoort was produced for the first time in 2008 (there are quite a few vintages out in the market by now). Then we started a number of experiments ageing in butt and vats, using both palomino fino and pedro ximénez sourced from different terroirs in the Sherry district and Montilla – and even other non-commercial projects in Spain’s northeast and northwest.
Along this line, in 2017 we bottled the fourth vintage of Florpower that has got to the market (MMXV, i.e. 2015), as release number 77 of the LA BOTA series. La Bota de Florpower 77 MMXV, an unfortified white wine, basically follows vintages 2010 and 2012 (releases 44, 53 and 57) in origin and winemaking practices, and particularly the 2014 vintage (La Bota de Florpower MMXIV 67 “Más acá”). This means an earlier bottling, with a shorter period of quiet ageing under flor in inox tank, after the same first period of intense biological ageing in traditional 600 liters sherry casks. We think that this wine shows a perfect balance of terroir and biological aging at this point, in a fresher and less mature version of Florpower than previous releases.
Made exclusively of Palomino Fino sourced from the blessed plot known as Pago Miraflores La Baja, it fermented old style, in the same casks where it later aged under flor for 8 months. By July 2016 it all went to a stainless steel vat where—always under the by now much milder influence of flor yeasts—it remained until bottling in July 2017.