Founded in 1821, Barbadillo is the largest producer of Manzanilla in the whole of the Jerez region.
Barbadillo is currently run by the seventh generation of the family and owns 500 hectares of vineyards spread over two estates, Gibalbín and Santa Lucía, both of which are located in the Jerez Superior area. The Gibalbín estate has an extensive winemaking plant fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Barbadillo’s seventeen wine cellars are strategically distributed over the best areas of Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The cellars occupy a total area of more than 75.000 m² and have an overall capacity of 35 million litres (around 65.000 casks), the largest in Sanlúcar.
Manzanilla Solear is from a solera aged between six and seven years old. Intense and bright in appearance with a pale straw colour. The nose is intense and wonderfully fresh with a hint of saline that carries through to a palate that is very dry with a smooth elegance and great persistence.
A classic Manzanilla, pretty much the standard Manzanilla in the bars of Sanlúcar.
The main occupation of Don Juan García Jarana is running a motorcycle shop, ‘Dos ruedas’, in Jerez, but in his spare time he also manages a 100 year old bodega in the Santiago neighbourhood, which holds around 300 butts. It includes Finos, Amontillados, Olorosos and PX. His Olorosos are widely acclaimed and Lustau have been bottling his Oloroso ‘Pata de Gallina’ in their Almacenista series since 1989.
“Pata de Gallina” means hen’s foot and it is a chalk mark put on sherry butts that display an above average richness and smoothness.
The wine is nearly 20 years old and comes from the oldest solera in the bodega consisting of 38 butts (hence 1/38 on the label). It is thought to have started off as a Palo Cortado and then evolved to an Oloroso profile, which would explain its elegance.
Deep mahogany in colour, the nose is spice, toffee and hints of sweetness. The palate is rich and powerful with notes of dried fruits and a touch of citrus to add freshness. The finish is very long.
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