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LA INA - Fact sheet

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Owner
Luis Caballero S.A., owners of Emilio Lustau S.A.
Products
Jerez, Fino, La Ina
Manzanilla, Macarena
Jerez, Amontillado, Botaina
Jerez, Oloroso, Rio Viejo
Jerez, Cream, Candela
Jerez, Pedro Ximenez, Viña 25
Location of the Vineyards
Since purchase by the Caballero Group, the La Ina solera has remained in its historic La Mezquita bodega, in order to preserve the original characteristics and particular style of the wine. This former Domecq bodega is now owned by Beam Global, but the Lustau team are responsible for day-to-day cellar management of the solera.
Meanwhile, the Botaina, Rio Viejo and Viña 25 solera have been successfully relocated to Lustau's own bodegas in Jerez. As is obligatory for all Manzanillas, Macarena is aged in bodegas at Sanlucar de Barrameda, where the presence of the sea moderates the climate and increases flor activity.
Grapes for the "Sobretablas" base wines of all these sherries are sourced from Lustau's own vineyard holdings, and from partner growers working to Lustau's quality criteria.
Soil
Classic chalk Albariza for La Ina, Macarena and Botaina, sand and clay for the Oloroso, Cream and PX
Grape Varieties
La Ina, Macarena, Botaina & Rio Viejo : 100% Palomino Fino
Viña 25 : 100% Pedro Ximenez
Average production
Wines are bottled only upon ordering, to maintain absolute freshness.
The La Ina solera is comprised of 4200 butts, the orthers are much smaller.
Vinification and ageing
Vinification of the dry base wine in a modern winery, equipped with stainless steel and temperature control. Then light fortification to 15% and subsequent extended ageing under flor for the La Ina Fino. The wine is average 5 to 6 years old upon bottling, which helps account for the intensity and marked flor character of La Ina. A small portion of the wine is held back for second fortification and long further ageing, this time in contact with the oxygen, to make the outstanding 18 year average age Botaina Amontillado.

The other wines in the range also see serioulsly long ageing…12 years average for the Rio Viejo Oloroso, 8 years fro the Candela Cream and 10 years for the Viña 25 PX. The only exception is the Macarena Manzanilla, which is deliberately bottled young (3 years average age) to maintain freshness and delicacy.
Notes on the property
Just occasionally, drinks brands can become veritable cultural icons, representing the essence of a way of life, a distinct and proud national or regional identity. LA INA is one such drink.
With origins dating back to 1919, La Ina is not just a brand but an actual solera. Begun and carefully nurtured by the Domecq family, it’s unique and unmistakable style light yet intense, with a pronounced flor and mineral character made it the quintessential fino, and thus the preferred choice wherever Andalucians meet, eat and drink. In bars and restaurants in Jerez, Cadiz and Seville, La Ina has long been, and still is, the fino the locals drink.
La Ina is one of 4 historic Domecq sherry brands recently retrieved by the Caballero Group (parent company of Europvin) after a number of years of corporate horsetrading between the giant multinational drinks companies. But Caballero did not merely buy the brand, they bought the entire solera (some 4000 butts), so the character of La Ina will remain true.
Along with Fino La Ina, the range is comprised of Manzanilla Macarena, Amontillado Botaina, Oloroso Rio Viejo, Candela Cream and PX Viña 25. Each is an authentic example of its category, and well-priced to boot.