Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Vino Blanco La Choza 2017 13.5%, Viña Callejuela

Bright mid depth gold with golden reflections.
Fairly soft and generous with a bit of richness and weight behind, this is very attractive. It has a good degree of ripeness so the apple fruit is less raw and there is a trace of apricot. The flor is less noticeable than in the other two but is there. You can detect a gentle texture and some sophistication, but the wine needs a little more time to develop its full character and flourish  - which it will.
Fuller and rounder than Las Mercedes and La Hacienda, it really shows what the Macharnudo can do. The acidity is lower however, which gives it that rounder softer feel, and that, along with a higher strength than the other two, means the grapes could have been picked later. It has a gentle, slightly chalky texture with a good long dry finish and lots of charm.
This is one of the three single pago wines from vineyards owned by Viña Callejuela. It is from a 4.4 hectare vineyard lying about half way up the slope in the pago Macharnudo "the grand cru of Jerez" which lies further inland from their other pagos where it is warmer and farther from the sea and this can be seen from the greater body and alcohol content of 13.5% while the others (from Callejuela and Añina) are only 12%. The three wines are made in exactly the same way: hand picking, tank fermentation and ageing with flor till the spring when they are bottled, and with exactly the same grape: Palomino, the only difference being the vineyard and its location, so it is very interesting to see how they differ.
13.50 euros, De Albariza

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