Manuel Antonio de la Riva

Marco de Jerez

'La Riva' Oloroso, Viejisima, Pago Miraflores, bottled January 2019


'La Riva' Oloroso is 80 years old, 22% abv, 14.8g/l TA, 18g glycerol. This incredible old wine comes from the Tosca cerrada soils of the Limbo and Santa Ana vineyards of Pago Balbaina Baja (Puerto), 8km in from the Atlantic. It was raised in Puerto de Santa Maria by Cuvillo y Cia in the 1930s. The house got into financial trouble and traded wine for payment of a debt to an architect, who then left it un-managed in a Jerez warehouse for 40 years, by which time 50% had evaporated.

Volatile, salted licorice, leather, slightly sweet, fermented black bean, agrodulce, aggressively edgy! Thick and thin as well as sweet and sour.