Pago de Macharnudo with The Taste of Place


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Sigo contándoos mi experiencia “Cinco días todo jerez” con el equipo de Minneapolis con el que colaboré en la filmación del documental dedicado a los vinos del Marco del jerez de la serie The Taste of Place.  Una serie  dedicada a bebidas y alimentos que por las características específicas del terroir son únicas.

Era el primer día y habíamos empezado grabando unas horas en la tonelería Vasyma (https://discoversherry.com/2015/10/03/cinco-dias-todo-jerez-toneleria-vasyma-five-days-of-sherry-immersion-cooperage-vasyma/) y ahora tocaba el Pago de Macharnudo.  Nos acompañaron Eduardo Ojeda, enólogo de la Bodega Estévez y  Jaime Gil, Director de Área.

I continue writing about my “Five-day Sherry Immersion” collaboration, with a team from Minneapolis, on a documentary film that is devoted to the wines from the sherry wine-growing area and is being prepared for The Taste of Place television series.  It is a series dedicated to the drinks and gastronomy of a specific place that, because of its terroir characteristics, makes it unique.

It was the first day and we had begun to film for a few hours at the Vasyma cooperage. (https://discoversherry.com/2015/10/03/cinco-dias-todo-jerez-toneleria-vasyma-five-days-of-sherry-immersion-cooperage-vasyma/) Afterwards we headed to the Pago de Macharnudo.  We were accompanied by the Bodega Estévez oenologist Eduardo Ojeda,  and the Area Manager Jaime Gil.

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Un pago o terroir se define por unas características específicas sobre todo micro-climáticas, situación geográfica o composición del suelo entre otras.  Estas características afectarán a la uva y por tanto al vino así pues un fino de un pago situado a más altitud en relación al mar que otro pago situado a menor altitud, tendrá diferentes propiedades.

El pago de Macharnudo está situado en la zona denominada Jerez Superior y como como nos contaba Eduardo Ojeda, es el grand cru de los pagos que están en los alrededores de Jerez.  Es el terroir histórico, el primer terroir del que se habló.  Es la colina más alta de nuestro territorio, está a 140 metros de altura sobre el nivel del mar que relativamente es poco pero que aquí es un privilegio.

A pago (wine estate) or terroir is defined by the specific characteristics of that place – above all its micro-climactic characteristics, its geographic location,  and/or the composition of the soil, among other factors.  These characteristics affect the grape and, as a result, the wine.  Accordingly, a fino sherry from a pago that is situated at a higher altitude, in relation to the sea, than another situated at a lower altitude will have different properties.

The  pago de Macharnudo is located in the area known as Jerez Superior and, as Eduardo Ojeda told us,  it is the “grand cru” of the pagos which are found within the areas around the city of Jerez.   It is the historic terroir, the first terroir of which they spoke.  It is the hill with the highest elevation in our area.  It is 140 meters above sea-level which, relatively-speaking, is not very high, but for our area it is considered a privileged location.

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Era la primera vez que veía de cerca un drone y la verdad es que me impresionó.  Pensé que era pequeño, no sé qué me imaginaba, pero las grabaciones y fotos que hace son impresionantes.  Una forma espectacular de ver el Pago de Macharnudo.

It was the first time that I had seen a drone close up and, to be honest, it was very impressive.   I thought that it was very small, and couldn´t imagine what to expect.  But, the films and photos that it made were also very impressive.   A spectacular way to see the Pago de Macharnudo.

Collage Eduardo &

Filmaron a José Manuel Malvido, Ingeniero Técnico responsable de viñas y a Eduardo Ojeda,  andando  por la viña, mirando los racimos, comentando las uvas, su madurez y muchas otras cosas.  Es algo que hacen a menudo.    Fijaros en el color de la tierra, blanco intenso, brillante,  albariza pura.   Es una roca caliza y blanca que le da al vino todo ese poder mineral y pétreo que necesita un gran vino.  ¿De dónde viene esta albariza?  Hace millones de años esto era un océano donde se depositaron una serie de sedimentos que forman el actual suelo del jerez, ese suelo, eminentemente calcáreo, que le da mucho carácter al vino.

They filmed José Manuel Malvido, Technical Engineer responsable for the vineyards, and Eduardo Ojeda walking around the vineyard, examining the grape bunches, commenting on the grapes, their maturity and many other things.  It is something that they often do.   Note the color of the soil.  It is intense white, bright, and pure albariza soil.  It is a chalky, white sand which gives the wine that mineral, rocky-based content that makes up a great wine.  Where did this albariza soil come from?  Millions of years ago all of this area was part of an ocean where a series of sediments were deposited and which now form what is the sherry wine´s home soil.  That soil,  eminently chalky,  gives the wine much of its character.

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La mayor parte del pago ya había sido vendimiado pero quedaba una zona que iba a vendimiarse esa madrugada.  La uva era la palomino de la que se elabora el 90% de los vinos de jerez.  Estaba preciosa, en su punto, dulce, muy rica.  La vista era impresionante se mirase a donde se mirase.

The major part of the pago had already gone through the harvest but there was a part that was going to be harvested that at sunrise.  The grape variety was palomino from which 90 percent of sherry wines are made.  It was beautiful, the grapes were at their peak, sweet, and rich.  The view was amazing whichever way you looked.

Collage sunset

Tuvimos la suerte de ver la puesta de sol.  Las puestas de sol en una viña son igual de increíbles que las puestas de sol en el mar.  Nos fuimos a descansar ya que al día siguiente tocaba madrugar.  Empezaríamos el día visitando  la Viña El Carmen de Montealegre para grabar la vendimia manual.  Había sido un día intenso e interesantísimo y aún quedaba mucho más.

We were fortunate to see the sunset.  Vineyard sunsets are equally as incredible as ocean sunsets.  We went to rest because the next morning we had to get up early. We would start the day visiting the El Carmen de Montealegre vineyard in order to film the manual harvest.   It had been an intense and very interesting day, and there was still a lot to see and do.

 

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