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.
Paleish bright lemony gold with golden reflections.
Very attractive, fragrant yet serious. There is plenty of fresh Palomino fruit with stewed apple, pear and hints of glacé fruits, lemon perhaps, even a tropical, floral note, and the oak is very subdued - effect rather than flavour. There is a trace of camomile and a creamy, almost buttery note along with a feeling of gentle texture. It is still very young and more bottle age will surely reveal more.
Very fresh and bursting with Palomino character - and a bit more. It is perfectly balanced and extremely elegant with all sorts of subtleties: traces of pineapple and banana, lemon fondant and apple with a faint saline mineral note along with a gentle grape skin feel. Long clean finish, lovely. Comments
Another lovely wine from this bodega which always
seems to have something new and exciting. This is made from 100% Palomino grown
organically in the historic Forlong vineyard in the pago Balbaina Baja near El Puerto de Santa María. The
grape bunches were picked at night to keep them cooler and sorted by hand, and
on arrival at the bodega they were put in a cool chamber for 24 hours to reduce
the temperature further - down to 5°. Next they were sorted again and de-stemmed
before going to a pneumatic press under dry ice to minimise oxidation. After
pressing, the must went to a rapid cooling tank where the temperature was held
at 3° for 24 hours for decantation. It was then filled into used French oak barrels
for fermentation. After fermentation the barrels were topped up and sealed,
only being disturbed by some bâtonnage every 2 or 3 months over a period of 10
months to increase complexity by maximising contact with fine lees. Total
production was 1460 numbered bottles. It took a lot of effort to make this wine, and it was well worth it.