White wines from the Sherry Wine Region (Marco de Jeréz), the most original wines in Spain

Some time ago we told you about the different types of Sherry wines that you could find in the Sherry Wine Region and the vineyard, the most important vineyard sites in the area with their most significant features. Today we will talk about unfortified wines, which are increasingly becoming more popular. Mediterranean White wines are gaining more followers in this area. This trend was led by Equipo Navazos with their Navazos-Niepoort in 2009, when they started to rescue old productions that were carried out in the Triangle. One of them was unfortified white wines. This is, a fermentation and ageing in barrels, with a slight appearance of the yeast cap, which gives an extraordinary complexity to the wines. They also reflect the features of the vineyard sites very well. From the more coastal ones to the ones from the inner areas of Jeréz, where there is more sun exposure and where the different kinds of ‘albariza’ soils can be perceived. All of this is thanks to the little involvement of the yeast cap in the wine. When trying to make this type of wine, the vineyard acquires a special importance. Yields per hectare are reduced considerably in order to concentrate the aromas. They also try to apply sustainable agriculture with the aim of creating biodiversity. Currently, more and more wine producers choose to make this type of wine. Eduardo Ojeda, one of the members of Equipo Navazos is the oenologist of Valdespino. He has decided to make Ojo de Gallo, the pure essence of the famous vineyard site Macharnudo Alto. Another of the key figures is Ramiro Ibañez, who have spoken about previously. He is an oenologist and great connoisseur of the world wines, and the strongly opted for this type of wine, which he bottles with the name Cota 45. He gives advise to some ‘mayetos’ from Sanlúcar for the production of white wines, each one of them from a different vineyard site, and that are included in the brand Mayeteria Sanluqueña. Callejuela is another winery that has opted for this type of wine. Here, they produce the magnificent Callejuela Las Mercedes Pago Añina or Callejuela Hacienda de Doña Francisca Pago Callejuela. Lately, they have been helping Isolina Florido, in the incredible enclave of Armijo, with the production of 12 Liños. Willy Pérez could not be left out in this list of important people in Jeréz, especially for his choice to produce unfortified wine. He has gone a little further and has started to make fino wines. This is, wines aged under the yeast cap, but without fortification. How does he achieve this? Obtaining an alcoholic strength of 15º in the actual vineyard. This technique requires the harvest to be performed in a same vineyard to achieve this strength. The result can be tasted in La Barajuela Fino II Saca 2013. He has also made unfortified oloroso wine, with 17º of alcoholic strength to achieve the oxidative ageing of the wine. In short, unfortified white wines have a fresh, dry and saline profile, with a good aromatic complexity provided by the specific features that make them have a unique character. They also have an extremely good relation between quality and pleasure. Today, it is one of the most authentic white wines in mainland Spain. Don’t forget to try it!

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