Robert Parker 95
The white 2017 Pedra de Guix is a blend of one-third each Pedro Ximenez, Garnacha Blanca and Macabeo grapes from the villages of Lloar, Torroja and Poboleda, respectively. They consider this an homage to Jerez and think this is a vintage with more freshness and better acidity than previous years. It fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in well-seasoned 1,800-liter oak foudres. This is an oxidative white that in this vintage matured in less old oak than in the past, when the wine was more oxidative. This is livelier and fresher, even if it does have the nutty undertones but coupled with elegance and freshness, which is the direction they want for this wine. There is a creamy touch here, but the palate is still quite austere, with the chalky tannins and mouthfeel and the dry, almost salty finish. This is more ethereal than previous years, long and complex. A very unusual white, indeed a bit A la Jerez. 3,250 bottles produced. It was bottled in June 2020.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2027