Oloroso El Cerro
There are no men in suits or English speaking guides. No video to watch, or gift shop to visit. In fact, the very humble, charmingly decrepit bodega just expanded beyond the small cellar as they slowly added new space for more fermentation tanks and even…a…bathroom. José “Pepe” Blanco and his brother Francisco “Paco” Blanco started the Callejuela winery in1980 They were Almacenistas making base wine from their own Palomino vineyards that they sold to the local bodegas of Sanlúcar. Throughout decades, their father, a prominent local viticulturist, increased his hectares by slowly buying small parcels. In 1998 they created the brand Viña Callejuela, and in 2015 they expanded the brand by releasing their Blanquito Manzanilla Pasada, La Casilla Amontillado y El Cerro Oloroso, their extensively aged generoso wines, as well as single vineyard, single vintage, "vinos estáticos" Manzanillas Handpicked early September, two weeks after most farmers, to ensure maximum ripening and highest retention of the chalky albariza soil. The grapes are sourced from all of three vineyard sites and blended for press. Fermented in stainless steel and immediately fortified to 18%, as to not develop flor, this intensely layered and structured Oloroso is then aged in the solera system for an average of 25 years. Wine An intensely rich and layered Oloroso wine. Traditional notes of smoky hazelnuts, burnt orange peel, caramel and toasted butter but with an intense salty edge and nerve not typically experienced in Oloroso. Very Sanluqueño. Incredibly dry, great with rich and fatty game birds, ducks, meats, saucy stews, aged cow’s milk, pieces of dark chocolate, mixed nuts, a fireplac
- Brand:Vina Callejula
- Varietal:Palomino Fino
- Size:500 ml
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- Climate:Being one of the most southerly winegrowing regions in Europe Summers are dry and very hot , though the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean has an important role to play in maintaining levels of humidity and moderating temperatures. The average annual temperature is 17.3ºC with very mild winters, during which temperatures rarely drop below zero. The region enjoys between 3,000 and 3,200 hours of effective sunlight per year. Levels of rainfall are quite high, on average six hundred litres per square meter.
- Harvest Technique:sustainable, dry farmed
- Soil:Pure Albariza alba means white) and the best for growing Palomino grapes. It contains between 30 and 80 per cent chalk, the rest is a mix of limestone, clay and sand. It has similar characteristics to the soil in Chablis and Champagne.
- Winemaker Name:José (Pepe) and Francisco (Paco) Blanco Romero
- Producer Website:https://www.callejuela.es
- Total Production:572 half-liter bottles were filled.