This Solera Gran Reserva from Jerez is not your typical Bodega product. The Equipo Navazos La Bota de Brandy de Jerez 29 comes from the Equipo Navazos group (check out their English home page) that selects/collects vines and distillates from various regions in Spain that live up to their quality expectation. For that they closely collaborate with the individual Bodegas and their wine maker.
Here we are looking at an example of the Bota No. 29 which was filled into the bottles in June 2011. Overall there were only three casks of Equipo Navazos Bota 29 but I am not aware of the amount of bottles that got the number 29 label and as far as I understand the Navazos home page there are only a few Brandy releases under their name: number 13 (2008), 29 (2011) and 43 (2013). The later two are coming from casks of the Bodega Rey del Fernando de Castilla. So comparing it to the regular SGR or the Unico from this bodega should make sense. But can this somewhat special edition live up to its cousins? By the way once the led cover of the cork is removed, the symbol of Bodegas Rey de Fernando de Castilla can be seen on the cork. Nice touch!
The first thing that got my attention when I finally had this bottle in my hands was the clear smooth color, almost apricot and transparent. Reminded me more of a Sherry finished Single Malt Whisky. Very light for a SGR but it says on the back label that the Brandy comes straight out of the cask having its natural color. So this purity really got me intrigued! The other distinctive thing is that the casks for aging are Fino casks and this really should give it a distinctive note.
While I find all of the above very interesting it would not justify buying this rather pricy Brandy if the product would not excellent, right? Well, rest assured it is in one word: great! Sweet in the nose and unbelievable fruity in the mouth. There are multiple layers of fruit, vinegar and sweetness that make this Bota 29 complex and interesting. And the long orange cest filled finish does not disappoint. Excellent stuff! I am only left with the wish to get my hands on more of the bottles from the Equipo Navazos. Let’s see if. i can manage this. 🙂