Sunday, 14 April 2019
Amontillado Romerito 17.5%, Covijerez
Quite deeply coloured mahogany with copper glints fading to amber.
Fairly full rich and rounded and surprisingly Oloroso in style with a faint sweetness and a hint of walnut but then some notes of toasted almond and hazelnut come through along with traces of oak. There is a faint hint of caramel and the oxidative character is pronounced so it is probably a fairly young wine, maybe 8-10 years old or so and by no means unattractive.
Again, quite full and Oloroso-ish up front, smooth, well rounded and fairly rich with plenty of nuts and despite that faint background sweetness the finish is fairly dry with a dry texture and moderate length while acidity is also moderate.
Jerez only has one cooperative, the Cooperativa Vinicola Jerezana Nuestra Virgen de las Angustias, which is thankfully shortened to Covijerez. Its 200 members cultivate some 1,000 hectares, and while most of the mosto is sold to bodegas which do not have vineyards, they also produce and bottle their own ranges of Sherry: Romerito and Mira la Mar. These wines are very reasonably priced yet still represent excellent value for money.