By Rafa, who has several parcels in Jerez’s most Sanlúqueño Pago. We are delighted to ship ‘Las Cuarenta’, or ‘Parcela 40’ (so-named because it measures 40 aranzadas), from the north of Añina at 70 metres. The tosca cerrada here is very chalky, 80% calcium, but low in diatoms.
Lovely, open and round, it’s a wine with a slow, deliberate reveal; savoury depth and spread easing out to an acid trickle finish. Textured with a patina of fine grains over a steely base, it’s sure, sleek, and deftly organised. There’s umami chalky richness, orange blossom and spice through typical Palomino cereal. A dry honey perfume of delicate white pollen lingers.