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.
Don Jose Pantaleón Hidalgo founded the Bodega Hidalgo in 1792 in the coastal town of Sanlucar de Barrameda.
En Rama is sherry at its very best – lightly filtered, natural, un-fined, un-stabilized, pure, free run juice directly from the barrel. This wonderful sherry demonstrates glorious concentration of all the aromas and flavours that Manzanilla has to offer at its very peak. Made from 100% Palomino grapes grown on white albariza soils at Hidalgo’s highest quality vineyards of Balbaina and Miraflores, this Manzanilla is released in extremely limited quantities (only 35 barrels of the solera are used) and can be considered the best value sherry in the world.
Produced only twice a year to coincide with the flor cycle, the wine has spent 8 years in the solera and the wines have even more complexity and character than the standard “La Gitana” bottlings. This is the Spring 2020 bottling.
Intense, complex and balanced on the nose, it has a wonderful salty character influenced by the close proximity of the cellars in Sanlúcar de Barrameda to the sea (only 300m away) as well as the altitude of the Balbaina vineyard (110m). Matured using the traditional “Criaderas y Solera” process in American oak casks, under a layer of “flor” integrated by the yeasts, the wine is intensely gold with green tints. Complex, spicy and delicate aroma, on the palate, this wine is elegant, light and fresh underscored by a salty tanginess. A touch of citrus bitterness gives this wine a fresh finish. One sip and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Bodega and treated to an ice cold glass of Manzanilla direct from the barrel!
Juan Sánchez de la Torre founded Sánchez Romate in 1781 in Jerez to produce fine wines. More than two centuries later Sánchez Romate is one of the oldest bodegas in Spain and one of the few that remains in family hands. This has allowed the company to maintain its independence and continue making wines in the same time-honoured tradition. Over the years their quality has been rewarded with appointments to the Huse of Lords and the Vatican.
This is not your ordinary style of Fino. With its name translated as “Lost Fino”, it’s a mature style that has spent eight years in cask. It has plenty of complexity and concentration but still retains its freshness and vibrancy.
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