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M. Ant. De La Riva, San Cayetano, 2022

M. Ant. De La Riva, San Cayetano, 2022

M. Ant. De La Riva | Jerez, Spain | 75cl
  • White Still
  • Organic
  • Palomino Fino
Regular price £306.00
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De La Riva’s Vino di Pasto is a bone dry, unfortified Palomino from ancient vines in Jerez’ top site – Macharnudo, just asking to be dubbed the Montrachet of Sherry.

The inaugural vintage receives an astonishing 98 points from Anson who calls “this brilliant white… One of the most exciting wines on the Place this September, just arrestingly gorgeous”.  Awarding 96 points, Gutiérrez is equally enthusiastic saying “the wine shows superb” with “very good freshness and balance and a tasty minerality that makes you salivate; it's super tasty”.

The influence of the incredibly chalk and limestone rich soils puts you in mind of a seriously impressive Grand Cru Chablis with a similar very more-ish tangy nuttiness. Only 6,000 bottles were made.

What the critics say:

98/100Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

"First time on the Place for this brilliant white from the Jerez region of Spain that uses a hint of the flor ageing technique but is bone dry. One of the most exciting wines on the Place this September, just arrestingly gorgeous, bursts through the palate, powerful twist of grilled salted almonds, with soaring adidity alongside juiced lime and lemon, crushed oyster shell, stretched out and thought-provoking. Tiny production from a 4ha site of 6,000 bottles. The latest wine from an increasingly productive partnership between Ramiro Ibáñez and Willy Perez aimed at reviving the historic Sherry brand Manuel Antonio De la Riva. Get on board. Vino di Pasto, by the way, refers to unfortified wines - definitely something to remember and look out for when getting to grips with what is happening in Xeres today."

96/100Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate

"The 2022 Macharnudo San Cayetano Vino de Pasto is an unfortified Palomino from Sherry soils, from the famous Macharnudo vineyard in Jerez. The grapes were sun dried for a few hours, and the wine has less biological influence and more limestone influence despite having aged under a veil of flor yeasts; it comes from a plot of more concentration than the regular Macharnudo. 2022 was already an intense vintage; they wanted to avoid the wine being too heavy, and the wine shows superb. The La Escribana also comes from the Macharnudo vineyard, but this wine comes from a different plot in Macharnudo, an adjacent plot of very old vines (older than the others), looking for finesse and definition in the palate. It is more of a white wine than a flor wine. It was a dry year, and despite everything, the wine finished with a moderate 13.5% alcohol. The regular Macharnudo they had produced since 2016 will now include the name of the plot, El Notario, to distinguish it from these new bottlings. This 2022 has a powdery, chalky mouthfeel, very much the expression of the albariza calcareous soils. It doesn't have high acidity but has very good freshness and balance and a tasty minerality that makes you salivate; it's super tasty. This should bloom with a couple of years in bottle. There are some 6,000 bottles. It was bottled in July 2023. This is not in the Jerez/Sherry appellation, but there's an initiative to create a separate appellation of origin for these unfortified white wines."

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