Las Cepas de Curro Blanco (Moscatel, Palomino), Vinos Oceanicos, Jerez, Spain 2018
Regular price £18.60
Raúl Moreno, Sevillano by birth, has been around the block. Having worked in London as assistant sommelier for a restaurant group and studied for the WSET, he did placements in the US and then Australia, where he set up base. He founded a wine importing business and run WSET courses in Australia and New Zealand, but Raúl needed more challenges and spent time learning about viticulture, working four harvests a year, two in the northern hemisphere and two in the south. Ultimately, his desire was to return and make wines in his home region.
The opportunity arose to start a project in Jerez with a good friend, to make non-fortified wines in an authentic style. 2017 was their first harvest. They always work with organically farmed single vineyards in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Puerto de Santa Maria, Jerez and Rota with vines aged between 40 to 100 years+. Most of the wines use clay for fermentation and /or ageing – either in Georgian qvevris or in chalk (albariza) tinajas, ranging in size from 300 to 1500 litres.
Las Cepas de Curro Blanco 2018
This is a blend of Moscatel from Puerto de Santa Maria and Palomino from Sanlucar. Racy and mineral, this wine is about crunch and texture, loaded with pear and granny smith apple as well as notes of fennel, mint and sea spray, leading to a salty, mineral-laden finish.