At Equipo Navazos we are determined to extract the full potential of biological aging under flor at a natural (unfortified) alcohol level. It was following this path that the Navazos-Niepoort was produced for the first time in 2008. Then we started a number of experiments aging in butt and vats, using both Palomino Fino and Pedro Ximénez sourced from different terroirs in the Jerez, Sanlucar, and Montilla – and even some other non-commercial experiments in Spain’s northeast and northwest.
In 2018 we bottled the fifth vintage of Florpower (MMXVI, i.e. 2016), released as La Bota de Florpower 84 MMXVI, an unfortified white wine similar to 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). In short, an earlier bottling with a shorter period of aging under flor in stainless steel tank, preceded by a short period of intense biological aging in traditional 600-liter sherry casks. We believe this wine shows the perfect balance between terroir and biological aging and a fresher version of Florpower than the first two releases.
Exclusively Palomino Fino sourced from the blessed plot known as Pago Miraflores La Baja, it is fermented traditionally, in the same casks where it is later aged under flor for 8 months. By July 2017 it went into a stainless steel tank where it remained under a more milder influence of flor yeasts until bottling in June 2018.