2022 La Riva, Blanco, San Cayetano, Macharnudo, M. Ant. de la Riva, Andalucia, Spain

2022 La Riva, Blanco, San Cayetano, Macharnudo, M. Ant. de la Riva, Andalucia, Spain

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2022 La Riva, Blanco, San Cayetano, Macharnudo, M. Ant. de la Riva, Andalucia, Spain

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This is a Vino de Pasto, effectively an unfortified Fino Sherry. It is made from same grape variety, Palomino, and aged in a similar way, under flor, which gives it a yeasty, savoury character. This cuvée is sourced from the famous El Notario vineyard in Macharnudo Alto. The grapes are sun-dried for eight hours; fermentation is with wild yeasts, in 600-litre bota; and ageing is under flor for 20 months. The nose is perfumed and floral. The palate shows bright lemon, peach and salted almonds with a dense, slightly chalky texture and a fresh, mineral finish. Enjoy this now with savoury foods or cellar it for a few years to watch it develop.

Drink now to 2050

Catherine Owen, Wine & Spirits Advisor, Berry Bros. & Rudd (January 2024)

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M. Ant. De la Riva

M. Ant. De la Riva

Jerez winemakers Ramiro Ibañez and Willy Pérez came together in 2006 to revive a bodega known as Manujel Antonio de la Riva, founded in the 1700s and long since abandoned. Committed to maintaining and promoting traditional varieties and production methods, they have become widely admired for their signature Vino de Pasto style of wine, which is effectively an unfortified Fino Sherry.

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Spain

Spain

For so long, Spain was regarded as a source of inexpensive red wine with only Rioja standing above the parapet. Now there is a plethora of interesting wines in many different styles.

Exciting fresh whites, especially from the Albariño in the Rías Baixas and Verdejo in Rueda, – not forgetting Viura in Rioja - have extended the choice. There have also been interesting developments in that most classical of all wine regions, Jerez - the home of sherry - not so much in modernisation of production, but in developing small-scale bottlings of the highest quality Sherry at remarkably affordable prices.

Modern techniques and a new appreciation of what might be possible have encouraged pioneers to produce some startlingly attractive reds. There are now some thoroughly competent wines from La Mancha, and striking bottlings of Monastrell (known elsewhere as Mataró or Mourvèdre) in Jumilla.

Thankfully, the modernisation of the pedestrian has not held back successful traditional styles of wine. Alongside such modernists as Palacios Remondo and Allende in Rioja, long established houses like La Rioja Alta and CVNE continue to make graceful, old-style wines contingent upon several years’ barrel-ageing before further maturation in bottle. These Reserva and Gran Reserva wines have the gentle fragrance of well-seasoned fruit in partnership with a dash of vanilla oak. There are also subtle differences between regions of Rioja and in the precise makeup of the grape mix, with Garnacha and Mazuelo supporting the dominant Tempranillo.

The only challenger to Rioja's claim to red wine supremacy is the Ribera del Duero, where the same red grape, Tempranillo, defines the wines, though known here as Tinto Fino. Most magisterial of all producers is Vega Sicilia whose Unico wines are not released onto the market before a minimum of 10 years - including at least seven years of barrel ageing.

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Palomino Fino

Palomino Fino

Palomino, named after Fernan Yanez Palomonio, one of King Alfonso X`s knights, is the primary grape variety for Sherry styles (Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Oloroso, Palo Cortado) production.

It is a high yielding variety that is widely planted in Spain producing mostly insipid thin, dull wines lacking in fruit and acidity. However it thrives on the predominantly chalk based soils of Cadiz  where it produces large bunches of golden yellow grapes, which ripen in early September. The resulting must is transparent in colour and somewhat neutral in flavour, but the subsequent wine can develop a coating of flor before maturing in the solera system and produce a whole range of intense and aromatic sherries.

It is also grown in South Africa, California, and Australia where it is fortified to make sherry-style wines.

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