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.
Riparia del Abuelo 2018 11.8%, José Antonio Palacios Caparro
Bright, clean pale gold with silvery gold highlights. Nose
Very fresh and aromatic with top notes of Moscatel and the appley Palomino behind making it very grapey with traces of mandarin and kiwi adding to the wine´s fruity character which is emphasised by not using wood for maturation. There are faint, delicate notes of petals and fresh herbs too.
Light, fruity, dry and elegant. The balance of Moscatel and Palomino is perfect and the wine is very subtle with all the fruit notes already mentioned plus some of that Sanlúcar salinity and beautifully judged acidity. It is gently tangy and very tasty and has a slightly chalky texture.
This lovely and well-priced wine was made by José Antonio Palacios Caparro, once the oenologist at Pedro Romero and now at Bodegas Alonso in Sanlúcar. He makes one or two wines on his own account: Alucinante, Fernando Poo and this classic Vino Blanco de Sanlúcar named in honour of his grandfather who taught him about viticulture. This is the first release of Riparia and it is made the artisan way using Palomino (sourced from the pago Mahina) and Moscatel (from Chipiona) and is basically an extension of the very successful Alucinante in which by dropping the temperature the fermentation stops at 9.5% leaving the wine with some residual grape sugars, but with Riparia he lets the wine ferment out leaving it dry. It is not aged in wood.