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Vara y Pulgar

Vara y Pulgar

Vara Y Pulgar is produced with one of the most rare grape varieties of southwestern Spain. The Tintilla grape was cultivated in Jerez for many centuries; however, it, along with many other varieties disappeared after the phylloxera epidemic in the early 20th century. Today, Alberto Orte has recovered a few cuttings from abandoned vineyards that managed to survive phylloxera, and after many years of work has managed to produce the first bottles of 100% Tintilla still (dry) wine in over a century. Jerez is famous for its Albariza soil, a type of chalk that is very light and porous. This same type of soil can also be found in the region of champagne in France. Vines that are tended in this type of soil make superior and distinctive wines.Planted in Albariza, Tintilla is able to ripen perfectly without showing extra alcohol or overripe flavors. It has a rare confluence of delicate complexity and medium to full bodied weight on the palate, with lovely minerality like other wines of the region. Recent genetic studies show that Tintilla is the same as Graciano. It is important to note that the first documents published on Tintilla were by Roxas Clemente in 1806, whereas the first known written reference to Graciano was a century later. Tintilla has also the name of Xeres in Australia. As such, it is a reasonable hypothesis to establish that the origin of this grape is in Jerez and that Tintilla is the original name.

What makes this wine unique?

a rare wine produced from a rare grape in the Jerez region. 100% Organically farmed. tended in Albariza soil. It is aged combining large cement and oak vats in addition to small barrels of 225 lits.

Rating history:

2014 93JS; 2013 92VN; 2012 90RP & IWC


100% Tintilla. Vines planted in 1993. Tended in Albariza soil at 60 m (197 ft) elevation

Pairing Suggestions:

With roast lamb, spicy sausage or charcuterie in a supporting role, this wine would fare well on the table.

Vinification and ageing:

Vara y Pulgar is aged for a total of 19 months. The first 12 months in 40% oak vat and 60% concrete tank of 6,000 Lit followed by additional 8 months in French oak barrels of 225Lit


2,270 cases (6 pack)

Location, Soil, Climate:

Located in the Jerez region near the town of Cadiz, southwest Spain by the Atlantic ocean. the soils of these vineyards are composed of the finest white chalk of Jerez by the name of Albariza. Average temperature during the April-October growing season is 21C (69.8 F) and annual rainfall is 600mm (23.6 in).

Tasting notes:

Bright purple. Blackberry, minerals, dark chocolate and a hint of licorice on the fragrant nose. Densely packed and lively, offering concentrated, gently sweet flavors of red and dark berries, violet, cracked pepper and bitter chocolate. Finishes long and aromatic, with a firm tannic spine and strong mineral lift. This wine is made from young tintilla vines planted on the chalky "albariza" soil of the region, which is home to Jerez.

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Alberto Orte

All photos: Friederike Paetzold