Highlights: Bodegas Cota 45 Ube Miraflores 2018 Spain

Ramiro Ibáñez is the dude behind Bodegas Cota 45, and his small winery is on the waterfront in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Ramiro is one of a small number of pioneers who are looking back into the history of Sherry and looking to revive some of the traditions, before the region took a wrong turn in the 1970s. It wasn’t common to fortify the best biologically aged Sherries in the past, and this is an unfortified wine, aged in barrels (the traditional bota) where it develops a flor. This is just 10.5% alcohol, and the grapes come from different parcels in Miraflores Alta and Miraflores Baja (another focus of this group is rediscovering the vineyards and soils of the region). Three different types of Albariza here: lustrillos, lentejuelas and tosca cerrada.

Bodegas Cota 45 Ube Miraflores 2018 Spain
10.5% alcohol. With a keen acid backbone, this is a complex, vital wine showing spice, minerals and subtle nuts, with an amazing crystalline quality to the flavours. Bright lemony notes mix with some green apple, and there’s real length and intensity here. Zippy and alive, with a subtle flor quality – it doesn’t dominate at all. This is such a lovely wine. 94/100

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