A blog and review on all things Sherry. It is about tasting, enjoyment and learning more about the World’s Finest Wine. "Sherry is a thoroughbred" as Javier Hidalgo rightly puts it. Included are the amazing local Brandies and the remarkably good table wines also produced in the province of Cádiz.
and it was quite good. It was called Esencia de la Campiña and was made entirely
from super-ripe Moscatel grapes which were then frozen by a firm called
Viticultores del Jerez SL. This firm was established around 2002 with the idea
of producing alternative products in the Sherry vineyards. This wine was made
from grapes frozen not on the vine, like German or Canadian Ice Wines, but
frozen artificially at specially set-up premises in Sanlucar. The small
quantity of wine produced was bottled by hand.
The Ice Wine at Vinoble 2008 (Foto Diario Jerez)
is known as cryoextraction. Overripe grapes are frozen to around -7 degrees and
pressed. The water content of the grapes turns into ice and the sugar-rich
juice flows free. It is then fermented, but as there is so much sugar in the
juice, the wine retains much of it giving concentration with a good acidity and
Cava producer in Cataluña, Gramona, is also producing Ice Wine by the same
method, Gewurztraminer and Riesling, for instance, which they call Vi de Gel, but
the Jerezanos were actually first with their Moscatel – and then went on to experiment with
Gewurztraminer in Jerez.
They then launched
a product called Pepillo, which was popular for a while at the Feria. It had been developed in collaboration with
the Oenological Station of Cadiz, and was a wine based product with “all the
characteristics of wine in terms of aroma, body and flavour, but only 6.5%
alcohol” according to the firm’s manager, Jose Paz Ramos. It was aimed at the
young and those who had to drive home, though naturally nobody was excluded.
Pepillo (Foto Diario Jerez)
seemed blessed by the stars, but the market is fickle, and the company only
lasted about 10 years before being wound up. Interesting though they were,
neither wine could ever expect support from the Consejo, or from ever-changing
fashion. They were expensive to produce and required a large marketing budget.
Anyway, Jerez is not exactly incapable of making outstanding sweet wine - without