The run-up to Christmas is always a good time to launch new products, and so La Guita has launched its first Manzanilla En Rama. It consists of a saca made in October, is a blend from the Misericordia and Pago Sanlúcar Viejo bodegas and the wine is 4.5 years old, being available in half bottles at €9.15. The label bears the image of the old XVIII century doorway of the Hospital de la Misericordia, entrance to the Bodega Misericordia. The grapes were mostly from the Pago Miraflores.
Lacum Listán Dulce has also just been launched. Gabriel Ángel Raya Fernández, a well- known Sanlúcar winemaker, has dedicated this first naturally sweet wine from Sanlúcar to his granddaughter Montse. It is made from super-ripe Listán grapes, otherwise known as Palomino, and fortified to 18ᴼ to retain the sweetness of the must. Available in a small release of 800 numbered 50cl. bottles, the wine costs €12.
Meanwhile over in El Puerto, Bodegas Cárdenas has launched its first bottled “Vino en Rama”. Vino rather than Fino because the bodega is not a member of the DO and therefore can’t use the name, it is nevertheless made from Palomino grapes and aged in a solera system. The bodega has hitherto only sold wine in bulk to local bars. This new wine is available locally at €6 per 75 cl. bottle.