BODEGAS MIGUEL SANCHEZ AYALA, Manzanilla
Bodegas Miguel Sanchez Ayala was founded in 1798. Being one of the first Bodegas of the region came with perks – notably the Las Cañas vineyard and it’s location in Barrio Baja. The Las Cañas site is still the single origin of their wines, which is quite rare in the Jerez Triangle. There is often debate about whether Sherry is a wine of process over terroir. But here the focus is on both the traditions of Sherry production but also the history of the great terroir of the Las Cañas vineyard.
Manzanilla is basically the same as Fino sherry but produced and matured around Sanlúcar de Barrameda, closer to the sea than Jerez, and the only place where it is allowed to be made. Gabriela is named after a famous dancer and singer Gabriela Ortega Feria, born in Cadiz in 1862. She married a bullfighter and her sons became bullfighters too, one was the legendary Joselito.
A single vineyard Manzanilla sherry. Only free run juice is used and vinification with native yeasts only. Aged for 6 years in solar, it goes through 9 criaderas, with 3 sacas a year, and minimally filtered before bottling. Nuances of chamomile, straw, iodine and mineral notes. Salty, fresh, and very persistent on the finish.