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.
This bodega was founded in 2006 by Vicente
Taberner Carsi, from Valencia, on land he had bought in 2001 with the intention
of producing great red wine. Vicente, whose family had been connected with
wine, had been working in Germany importing Spanish wines but was determined to
make his own, and after an intensive search he came upon just what he was
looking for, the Huerta de Albalá.
The huerta is located near Arcos de la Frontera,
in an area where the Romans made wine. Here
the microclimate is tempered by the Bornos reservoir and the Sierra Grazalema
at an average altitude of around 150 metres. The finca extends to 91 hectares
of which 75 are planted to vines on slopes running from 100 to 200 metres
altitude and separated into different parcels according to soil conditions. The
vineyards are planted roughly to 60% Syrah, 20% Merlot, 10% Tintilla and 10%
Cabernet Sauvignon. He is also experimenting with Pinot Noir.
The estate is designed on the lines of a French
château, with the bodega surrounded by its vineyards, though the bodega itself
is designed more like a traditional Andaluz cortijo. State of the art equipment
is used to make wine the old way. Both stainless steel tanks and French oak
vats are used for fermentation depending on the wine, and it is all aged in
French oak, except the white and the rosé. A new departure was made in 2010
with the acquisition from Osborne of 160 hectares of albariza vineyards with
the DO Sherry in the Pago Balbaina. Naturally Palomino was planted here, but
Vicente has added some Chardonnay.
Currently the bodega offers six wines, all
Vinos de la Tierra de Cádiz: Barbazul red, white and rosé, Seleccion Especial, Taberner red and
the flagship Taberner No.1 red. Visits? Yes, by appointment Address: Carretera de Cadiz 6105 km 4, Arcos de la Frontera