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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Great Sherry Tasting 2015

Five years in, the Great Sherry Tasting shows the renewed energy and dynamism there is around sherry; with master classes, en rama releases, niche bottlings and garargiste producers, sherry is a fashionista's daydream.

Ehrmann's, Historic Vintage Collection 2001 Oloroso there are just 28 casks of this vintage, static-aged / non-solera sherry. Blended on bottling it is not yet released in the UK, but available shortly with a guide price of around £60 for a 75cl bottle. Complex, mellow, fragrant and very long. Very Good Indeed.
Fells, Manzanilla Solear En Rama (£12 half) a pasada, it has around 9 year's aging; pungent and aromatic on the nose, the palate is light and delicate. Good.
Mentzendorff, Hidalgo Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana (£15 half) a favourite of winemaker and owner Javier Hidalgo, it has a wonderful old-school, mellow, substantial complexity. Very Good.
Sherry Boutique Cruz Vieja Fino En Rama (£20 half) from the smallest bodega in Jerez, this is a single-vineyard sherry. Intense yet delicate and elegant. Good.

Sherry Boutique Cruz Vieja Amontillado En Rama (£40 75cl) only 1,000 bottles of this wine are made; great deftness, elegance and complexity. Very Good.
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