Alberto Orte 2017 'Vara y Pulgar' Tintilla, Vino de la Tierra de Cadiz
Item Number: 14932
Sub Region: Jerez
Appellation/AVA: Tierra de Cadiz
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Tintilla
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Albariza
Elevation: 197 feet
Terroir Notes: This wine is produced in the Jerez region near the town of Cadiz in southwest Spain by the Atlantic ocean. Jerez is famous for its albariza soil, a type of chalk that is very light and porous. This soil is very similar to the chalky soils found in Champagne, 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.
Winemaking Notes: 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 liters followed by additional 8 months in French oak barrels of 225 liters.
About Tintilla: Vara Y Pulgar is made from one of the rarest grape varieties of southwestern Spain. The Tintilla grape was cultivated in Jerez for many centuries; however, along with many other varieties, it 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. After many years of work. he has managed to produce the first bottles of 100% Tintilla in over a century. 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.
Tasting Notes: Blackberry, mineral, 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.
About the Name: Vary y Pulgar is named after a trellis system that is unique to the Jerez region. Read more about it here.