Palomino Fino 100%.
DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Manzanilla De Sanlucar de Barrameda
Fortified wine, Manzanilla. Average 10 years in American oak casks
This superb dry sherry combines the three vital elements of a good manzanilla, namely concentration, saltiness and freshness, to delicious effect.
Made with palomino grapes from the Pago de Maina vineyard and aged for almost ten years in highly seasoned old 600-litre oak casks, it is little short of spectacular, with intense, complex notes of hazlenuts, iodine and sea salt, and a very long almost spicy finish. Hand harvested.
This “Manzanilla” is in full maturity of its biological aging, with an average age of about 10 years. The wine goes directly from the casks to the bottle, a process that culminates a totally traditional and artisanal elaboration.
Traditional elaboration by the criaderas and soleras system. Bottled on branch: the wine has not been clarified, stabilized or filtered before being bottled. Nor have sulphites been added.
Very intense aroma on the nose, salinity predominates, iodized notes and touches of bitter nuts. Very mineral, with balsamic touches. Fresh and complex, with notes of yeast and a very subtle citric memory.
Taste on the palate Light and dry but with a certain unctuousness. Mineral notes and saline power. Memories of bitter nuts, mixed with a mineral aftertaste.
Serving and Pairing:
One of the best aperitifs served chilled in a wine glass. Especially suitable for marrying Iberian sausages, pickles and fish fry. Also suitable for seafood rice.
Served between 7 - 10 ºC.
92 Points ROBERT PARKER