Corta y Raspa

Marco de Jerez

Palomino de Pasto de Parcela ‘Viña La Atalaya’, Pago Atalaya 2020


Corta y Raspa are a collective brand, made of 4 wine makers representing a singlular stand of a lost ID, making village wines from distinct parcelas within Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s Atlantic Pagos called Vino de Pasto. 

Stylistically, these Vino de Pastos low-cropped, high quality Palominos reflecting specific
terroirs, lightly augmented by bodega ageing. By way of level playing field, each of the Corta y Raspa wines are aged identically, for about a year in old bota, fully topped, without flor.

Manu (José Manuel) Harana Yuste has the ‘Viña La Atalaya’ parcela in the Lentejuelas of Pago Atalaya. He’s a mid-30s, 5th generation mayeto. Atalaya is an Atlantic Pago which starts to feel the warmth and power of inland levante winds, resulting in an intriguing freshness-structure balance.Atalaya abutts urban Sanlúcar inland towards Jerez. Soil is lentejuelas, 75% chalk, grey with pale clay. Sharp-lined wines; both more power and acidity than Miraflores.

Steely and wheaty (slightly green like the smell of the head of an almost ripe wheat flower just before harvest), a gentle wash of lemon, a touch of wirey herb. Chalky white tannin gives delicate structure, with pebble-in-riverbed flow, a touch of spice and a trickle release. The structure is great ... it’s just a line organising dancing, floating, rotating fruit which arabesques around it to the finish.