The Ultimate Sherry Case
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Six amazing wines from three of the top sherry producers. From rapier dry through to luxuriously sweet this selection covers the complete spectrum of these amazing fortified wines from Jerez and Sanlucar de Barrameda.
Bodegas Cesar Florido, Fino - Clear, pale and golden in colour. Look for scents of toasted almonds and camomile. On the palate, bright with a lively acidity leading to flavours of green apple and sage with mildly salty notes. A vigorous and fresh wine that makes for a great accompaniment to seafood. Serve well chilled with prawns 'a la plancha', grilled mackerel with a sage sauce or spaghetti with anchovy and oregano sauce.
Hidalgo, Manzanilla Pasada 'Pastrana Vineyard' - "It is savoury, desperately refreshing and very complex, and the food-matching possibilities for this elixir are endless. I drank it with olives, nuts, baby squid, cuttlefish, the best fresh prawns I have ever tasted, jamon, butterfly clams, tiny local battered fish, stunning shallow fried anchovies, Manchego cheese and more. There are very few wines anywhere that can manage this feat, let alone do it with such style and affordability. Perhaps Pastrana is the new best value wine in the world, what do you think?" Matthew Jukes, August 2007.
Lustau, Dry Amontillado Los Arcos 'Solera Reserva' - 100% Palomino Fino grape variety is aged in American oak casks in the traditional Solera system in Lustau's bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera. The wine undergoes both ageing processes: partially aged under “flor” as a Fino and subsequently matured through the oxidative ageing process. Amber in colour, this Amontillado brings hazelnut aromas to the nose. Light, soft and round on the palate, with a long aftertaste.
Hidalgo, Oloroso Abocado Alameda - Cream (Oloroso) Alameda is sweeter, smooth style of sherry produced by mixing old Oloroso's and creamy wines made from Pedro Ximenez. With aromas of dried fruit, the palate is full, rich, warm, sweet and very smooth. Excellent with nuts in particular, but suits all pre-dinner nibbles better than any other drink. Do not over chill in order to appreciate the more delicate flavours.
Lustau, East India 'Solera Reserva' - "The dark amber-hued non-vintage East India Solera is essentially an old Oloroso blended with an old Pedro Ximenez, which gives it a sweet character. It offers more mature notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, spice box, raisin and chocolate beer nuts, and its terrific balancing acidity cuts through the sweetness". Wine Advocate 96 It is perfect with mature Cheddar cheese, light desserts, cakes and chocolate covered nuts.
Hidalgo, Pedro Ximenez Triana - Pedro Ximenez is made from sun-dried grapes and left for many years in oak casks to mature. It is a dark, rich and opulently sweet sherry wine with a dried plum flavour as well as chocolate molasses, butterscotch and raisins on the nose. Satisfying oily finish with plenty of honeyed toffee. Try serving a shot of Pedro alongside homemade ice cream, or save it for the Christmas pudding. Serve slightly chilled.