Callejuela, is a family winery located in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. with two brothers running it who represent the third generation of vinegrowers. Their father Francisco Blanco founded the small winery in 1980 just with two old barrels. They were Almacenistas making base wine from their own Palomino vineyards that they sold to the local bodegas of Sanlúcar.The Blanco family philosophy has always been to carefully orchestrate a later harvest, as this enables them to pick grapes with higher ABV, needing a fewer % of alcohol when fortifying their sherries.
This Amontillado is pretty unique as it's aged in a 25 years old (approx.) solera system. The first solera started with a 12 years old Manzanilla under biological aging. Once its veil of flor died, the wine got exposed to an oxidative aging which followed for 14 more years, thus becoming an amontillado.
The first "botas" (barrels) for this solera started in 1986 when the two brothers Pepe and Paco bought their first barrels. Early on, the Blancos began to barter a portion of their coveted must each harvest in exchange for used botas from their winery clients, rather than be compensated in their normal peseta per kilo rate. Like this, bota after bota, they slowly built the family’s various soleras –reaching nearly 750 botas in use today.
For our Amontillado, they used the Palomino grapes from the vineyard of the Pagos Macharnudo and Añina from Jerez. A total of seven botas of Solera, with a very limited production of 700 bottles per year.
La Casilla, Callejuela. Amontillado DO Jerez
Amontillado, La Casilla. Callejuela. ABV 20.5%. 500 ml. T-top cork.