Jerez is commonly seen as a region where terroir isn’t an important factor in defining the wines. This hasn’t always been the case; in the past the region was delineated into Pagos - blocks of vineyards that have similar characteristics - and naturally some vineyards were considered more noble than others and were bottled separately. De la Riva is a renowned historic Jerez brand that was rescued by young winemakers Ramiro Ibáñez and Willy Pérez in 2017.
Sourced from grapes from a 3.5 hectare plot in Balbaína Alta in the north of the pago. This area is renowned for producing the most delicate wines for the finest Fino and Manzanilla. This wine was aged under Flor for 10 years, putting it into that rare “Fino-Amontillado” category. Only one saca a year means virtually no movement going on in this solera. Non-certified, but farming organic, with respect for the soils and flora. Harvest is by hand in the middle of September, they work in pases over almost two months selecting individual bunches. Straw yellow with an linear chalky nose with grassy and sea breeze notes. Saline in the mouth, concentrated but with elegance. A long nutty finish. Only about 1,500 bottles produced.