DIATOMISTS

Diatomist is the name given to those who master the art of diatom arrangement. Diatoms are single cell algae that create complex glass shells around themselves. 5 million years ago Jerez was under water which explains the unique and exceptional soil rich in diatom fossils.

These hidden microscopic marvels are essential for the vines to thrive in a hot climate with dry summers and sporadic heavy rainfall. The soils’ porosity locks in the moisture providing essential water reserves for the vines to thrive during the long and sunny growing-season. In fact, the quality of the soil can be quantified by its diatoms.

Albariza soil is unique and exceptional, composed of diatoms, microscopic marine algae fossilised over millions of years.

ALBARIZA SOIL

Porous and soft, albariza has excellent water retention capabilities. The vines can tap into the much needed water reserves over the warm and sunny growing-season.

vine-vigour

Albariza is a very poor soil, ideal for wine-making. The vines penetrate deep into the bedrock to find essential nutrients, up to 10 meters. This vine-vigour ensures a low-yield crop and concentrated grapes.  

distinct character

Vines grown in albariza produce unique exceptional wine with distinct character. Structured, pronounced and with impressive length, the alkalide rich soil affords ideal conditions for a unique white wine.

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Wine List

We love fresh, floral and fruit driven wine. All our biologically aged wine can be traced back to the soil where the grapes were grown. Our barrel-aged range is made up of carefully selected botas chosen for their freshness in harmony with tertiary flavours. Diatomists are part of a new movement of growers realigning the focus away from the bodega back to the soil and distinct terroirs.

WINE LIST

SINGLE PAGO

Our Single Pago range consists of bottles sourced from a particular vineyard within the Appellation of Jerez. We recognise that every pago imparts its own character on the grapes and the final bottle. All things can be measured by the sum of its parts, Diatomists’ believe in this maxim and work with growers focused on producing the best fruit as a true expression of their soil.

SINGLE PAGO

Manzanilla de Sanlúcar

Manzanilla - Sanlúcar de Barrameda - Single Pago - Miraflores Baja NV, 375ml – 15% Vol

100% Palomino and aged for 5 years in bota, this is an invigorating white wine with a subtle, floral, mineral nose. Great intensity with sea breeze salinity running through an impressive structure, there is tension on the palate. The yeasty, baked bread flavours are in balance with apricots and golden apples. In the mouth the texture is silky and round, with an extremely long and clean finish. A unique style of Manzanilla to be served chilled with food or as an aperitif.

Wine List

Singular Bota

Our Singular Bota range consists of carefully selected barrels from the cavernous bodegas in Jerez. We look for characterful barrel-aged wines which are balanced and harmonious: fruit and acidity, providing much needed freshness, along-side tertiary flavours. Selected from individual, numbered botas requiring extensive tastings, our goal is to find the liquid that clearly reflects the grapes’ journey from soil to solera.

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Amontillado

Amontillado - Jerez de la Frontera - Singular Bota, aged 12 years, NV. 375ml – 18% Vol

Amontillado - Jerez de la Frontera - Singular Bota, aged 12 years, NV. 375ml – 18% Vol

Bright golden amber in colour, the nose is intense recalling dried apricots and toast from the wine’s tender years under flor. Aged 12 years and 100% Palomino, the palate is structured, bright and energetic with layers of flavours including walnuts and salted caramel, without sweetness. The finish is long and complex with tobacco at the end. To serve slightly chilled with charcuterie, cheese or with a game.

Singular Bota

Oloroso

Oloroso - Jerez de la Frontera - Singular Bota, aged 12 years, NV. 375ml – 19% Vol

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Oloroso - Jerez de la Frontera - Singular Bota, aged 12 years, NV. 375ml – 19% Vol

Brilliant mahogany lights up the glass and prepares you for an alluring toasted hazelnut aroma. Made from 100% Palomino aged for 12 years in bota, this is a very silky and fine Oloroso with a luscious feel in the mouth. Orange peel gives a pronounced freshness to complement a backbone of brooding, nutty flavours. On the end the solera comes to the fore leaving a vanilla and cigar box finish which is persistent and long. The perfect accompaniment with game or after a meal with or without cheese. 

Singular Bota

Medium - Amoroso

Medium - Jerez de la Frontera - Singular Bota, aged 19 years, NV, 375ml -19% Vol

Medium - Jerez de la Frontera - Singular Bota, aged 19 years, NV, 375ml -19% Vol

Deep amber in colour with an orange rim, pronounced aromas of walnuts, marmalade and sultanas leap from the glass. Made from 90% Oloroso (Palomino) and 10% Pedro Ximénez with 5 years together in bota, the sweet and savoury blend is in perfect harmony. A zinging bitter orange freshness is replaced by fried corn and biscuit on the finish. The texture is velvety, but not overly rich. Beautifully layered with apricots, walnuts and a ringing finish that is tangy and fresh. Serve chilled before or after a meal.

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Pedro Ximénez

Pedro Ximénez PX - Singular Bota - aged 5 years NV,  15% Vol – 375ml

Pedro Ximénez PX - Singular Bota - aged 5 years NV, 15% Vol – 375ml

Medium maroon with an amber edge, the nose is packed with figs, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and cigar box aromas. Very smooth and balanced on the palate without cloying sweetness, this is an elegant PX aged for 5 years in bota and made from 100% Pedro Ximénex. Extremely concentrated and nuanced, an ethereal wine with invigorating acidity. The finish is endless with a hint of nutmeg and cloves. To be served slightly chilled with pudding or to pass around the table after a meal.

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