Bodegas Gomez Nevado - Sierra Morena - Dorado Seco NV
Bodegas Gomez Nevado is located about 200 km from Jerez and 50 km from Montilla-Morilles in the rugged Sierra Morena mountain range. This family estate has been making wine since the 1700's, though the current incarnation has been around since 1870. Today, Gabriel Gomez and his children oversee the bodega and its 8 hectares of certified organic vineyards. Bodegas Gomez Nevado was the first certified organic vineyard in all of Spain, back in 1980.
The grapes are manually harvested, destemmed, and crushed; they only use the first press juice, which goes into cement vats where the must will settle. Gabriel makes a pied de cuve (read natural yeasts!) from the first grapes harvested to start fermentation, and the must goes to tanks to finish alcoholic. The wine will then be transferred to old amphora by hand, where the veil of flor forms. The wines are never fortified, and often have a natural alcohol of around 15%. Once the flor develops, the wine goes into a solera: roughly 5 years for the Pálido and up to 15 years for the Dorado. All the Sierra Morena wines are bottled straight from the cask by hand without any type of filtration. The results are true classical wines from La Vieja Andalucia.
Gómez Nevado still use the traditional names of their wines; thus Dorado literally means “Golden”, and can be described as their “Amontillado-style” wine. This cuvee comes from their estate-owned certified organic vineyards. Made up of 40% Aris, 30% Palomino, and 30% Pedro Ximenez, this wine is unfortified with a natural alcohol of around 17%, and spends an average of 15 years in a solera. Notes of hazelnut, caramel and sea salt fill the nose, followed by a structured and elegant palate with a mouth-filling texture, balanced acidity and lingering nut, salt, and deep umami notes. It can be paired with all manner of nuts, cured meats, rich meat dishes and cheeses. Serve slightly cooler than room temperature in a traditional white-wine glass.