About This Wine
Named for Pago (sub-region) de Hornillo, where the Callejuela bodega stands, this is Palomino aged without flor, and un-fortified, with fruit sourced from all 3 holdings of the producer.
Soft fruit, textural herbal bitterness and a maritime saltiness that invokes a joyous feeling of light sea-spray on a sun-drenched day. It's rich without being viscous, and has layers of complexity, veering between tart, brine, umami, and golden apple like sweetness, all brought back into focus with its chalky grip, and lean dry finish.
There is a gentle minerality, and racy acidity to this Palomino. In short, it’s the perfect seaside wine: white sand, linen pants, salt kissed lips... you get the drift.
About Vina Callejuela
Starting the Callejuela winery with their father and “dos botas viejas” in 1980 within the family home, brothers; José “Pepe” Blanco and his brother Francisco “Paco” Blanco are real salt of the earth characters.
Their father Francisco Blanco was a prominent local viticulturist who grew his vineyard holdsings by slowly buying small parcels throughout the Marco de Jerez, all within three very important pagos: Anina, Marcharnudo and Callejuela.
They harvest later than most, enabling them to pick grapes with higher baume, needing a lower degree of alcohol when fortifying with the grape spirts used to make Manzanillas and Sherries.
Most importantly, they strive to maintain the purest Palomino expression as possible, thus the longer the hang time on vine, the more the albariza soil can influence the wines.