Willy Perez says, “You need to feel the ocean in a Manzanilla”, and one sip of this wine brings that statement to life. The Palomino grapes were grown just 7km from the coast, on soils that were once under the ocean themselves; rich in limestone and dotted with ancient ocean fossils. The wine is aged in solera (hence being non-vintage), with the barrels only half-filled to allow the classic ‘flor ’layer to form and impart umami, nuttiness to the wines. Saline and intensely flavoured with notes of white blossom, pear, crisp apple, and rich, toasted nuts.
Originally selected for Comando G's Wine Club Case
The NV Manzanilla Fina Miraflores Baja is sourced from Bodegas del Río, an "almacenista" (a sort of wholesaler that focuses on maturation of young wines) used mainly by La Gitana and Lustau. Located in Sanlúcar, very close to the sea/river, Bodegas del Río has their own vineyards and produces their wines from their vines in the vineyard Casilla Verde in the Pago Miraflores Baja. It's a classical Manzanilla fermented in stainless steel and then put in old casks (De La Riva has signed an agreement to control a number of casks). This is a young and very Sanlúcar Manzanilla, with the sapidity going to the front of the mouth. It has the diesel-like touch and the spicy and ash-like notes, with the sharp palate of Miraflores with no bitterness in the back of the palate: it stays at the front of the mouth, the tip of the tongue. The back label includes the bottling date, and there are 3,500 bottles in the first saca from April 2019. Great value Manzanilla.
Ramiro Ibañez and Willy Perez are integral to reframing Jerez. Both grew up in the region and nobody knows more about its history and terroir. At De la Riva they are changing the face of Sherry, by taking Jerez right back to its roots. Their wines arenot fortified. Instead, they use a process called asoleo, where grapes are left in the sun to naturally increase their alcohol potential.
These wines were made in the vineyards, with the region classified by soil type – considered to be a crucial element in selecting sites for age-worthy winemaking. This connection to the vineyard was lost when Sherry became industrialised. Ramiro and Willy are bringing back these traditions with spellbinding results.
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