Fino Bodegas Poniente
These rare Poniente sherries are named after the warm and dry westerly Poniente wind which blows through the Straits of Gibraltar. Following the arc of history, winemaker Alberto Orte embraces his family’s rich tradition of solera system wines from Montilla-Moriles to create this unparalleled project from El Aljibe. Poniente sherries are the product of the thoughtful blending of precious, treasured soleras and criaderas from the 18th and 19th centuries, refreshed in the traditional method each year with wine from our own organically farmed estate vineyards (San Cristóbal, San José y El Aljibe) in the Pago Añina, one of only three pago sites in Jeréz designated as Jeréz Superior. The wines are produced and aged in our historical estate, a restored house tucked among the vines of El Aljibe.
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE? This fino comes from a system of four criaderas and one solera, with a median age of over 8 years. The wines used to refresh the fourth criadera comes from our organically farmed estate vineyards in the Pago Añina, from a meticulous clonal selection of more than 200 ancient and mostly forgotten clones of Palomino.
GRAPE: 100% Palomino Fino
VINIFICATION AND AGEING: Saca 1/18: This is the very first saca of this wine. The wine has rested two years in the winery before release. Ph 3.26 Volatile Acidity 0.13 gr/l. This wine was neither clarified nor stabilized, only lightly filtered before bottling. Bottled on the 26th of November 2018.
PRODUCTION: 225 cases 6-packs
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE: El Aljibe estate located in Pago Añina, Jerez de la Frontera
TASTING NOTES: We recommend serving chilled in a white wine glass, starting around 45F with optimal consumption reaching 54F. A gentle decanting will help the wine express itself more swiftly. One may also age this wine in a temperature-controlled cellar. The qualities that develop with time will differ from the young wine, gradually deepening the secondary characteristics and losing the more primary “biological” notes.