Cuvée: Fino Arroyuelo
About: Primitivo’s Amontillado is from a solera that dates back 70 or 80 years and has an average age of 15 years. It has an incredible intensity which it wears with a relaxed energy.
Location: Matalián vineyard just 500m inland from the cellar in Chiclana
Size: 8 ha
Age: part planted in 1940, part re-planted in 2015
Exposition: a gentle south-facing slope
Altitude: 50 to 80m
Training: on wire
Farming philosophy: organic with minimal intervention
Average yield hl/ha: 40
Climate: Mediterranean with strong Atlantic influence
Pressed slowly, gently direct to ferment in inox tank at temperatures controlled to between 15 and 18ºC, with wild yeasts. The malo happens naturally and it doesn’t lose any freshness. The wine is fortified with 2º (with alcohol from La Mancha – sadly after all these years it seems Sherry hasn’t figured out to make its own distillate and organically but we hope someone will correct us one day). Then enters the solera system where it stays for 5 years before being bottled without any clarification, unfined, unfiltered and un-sulfured. This started life as a Fino for the first five years of its life then it’s fortified again with 3º and aged oxidatively for a further 10 years at least.
Vintage Notes Release 2022
Bottles produced: 5,000
Alcohol %: 18
SO2 Total mg/L: 8
Tasting: amazing wine, such richness, so cleansing and fresh at same time, very pure, complex, nutty, quince marmalade, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cacao, cafe, orange peel acacia honey. Salty finish.