Sunday, 26 February 2017

26.2.17 New Range of Top Quality Sherry Launched

A new range of exclusive Sherries is about to be launched under the brand name “Las Botas”. It is the brainchild of sommelier Raúl Villabrille and César Velázquez, owner of wine distributor Balandro in Sevilla. The new wines, which have taken two years to organise, were presented on Friday at the Cádiz wine shop Baco, and represent great butts from small bodegas. The Manzanilla and Fino will be available from next week while the Amontillado and Palo Cortado will be available next month. Each wine has a registered name which refers to a geometric game which illustrates the development of the wine.

Manzanilla Apartada is described by Villabrille as very old, from 9 butts with wine between 12 and 14 years old, and comes from the San León Reserva de Familia solera at Herederos de Argüeso. It is so named as it has set itself apart from crianza biológica as oxidation has begun to set in. Fino Cruzado is the same idea but is a blend of wines from three small almacenistas in the Pago Balbaina with an average age of 10 years and notable oxidative nuances. The Amontillado Perpendicular results from the two men’s obsession with reflecting the two crianzas; extended biological and oxidative. The wine has an average age of 20 years and comes from four butts at Bodegas Urium. Palo Cortado Horizontal gets its name from the fact that this wine was classified as such from the outset. Again it comes from four butts at Urium averageing 21 years old. Initially 2,000 bottles of Fino and Manzanilla will be available and 700 of Amontillado and Palo Cortado. Such limited releases keep the meticulous selection of the finest wines sustainable. There are currently no plans for export. No point - they are almost sold out already!

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