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Southern Spain

Sherry is the word when it comes to Southern Spain and it is undoubtedly the stellar drink to be produced in this region, also known as Andalucia, where history and tourism mingle so freely.

Sherry is the word when it comes to Southern Spain and it is undoubtedly the stellar drink to be produced in this region, also known as Andalucia, where history and tourism mingle so freely.read more.

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Background

The Spanish wine industry was born here, courtesy of the Phoenicians, and the Moors brought the secret of distillation that allowed Sherry to develop into the drink that it is.In recent years its reputation has been tarnished by an inexplicable fashion for ever sweeter, sicklier and inferior styles, but its true excellence always remained and is now firmly back in the market and awaiting rediscovery.

 

 

Styles of Wine

The recent style of Sherry, it would seem, has been creamy, cloying and sitting in the drinks cabinet from one Christmas to the next.  Or else drunk by students as the cheapest means to an end.  In actual fact it is a remarkably diverse and versatile drink.  Always fortified and naturally dry, with any sweetness added by blending after fermentation, fino and amontillado are the two classic styles.  It is a complex drink and a chat with your wine merchant will be invaluable in unearthing the style you are after.

Key Grape Varieties

Southern Spain is white wine territory.  In Jerez the Palomino grape is by far the most important, though Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel are also permitted.  These are used in the other districts along with Muscat of Alexandria, Airén and Doradilla.

Climate and Topography

The climate can be very hot, but this is offset by cool, moist air coming off the Mediterranean.  In combination with chalky soils this makes for very fine white wine territory. The prevailing condition affecting Málaga is the loss of vineyards to tourist and civic development.

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  1. Castle Cream, Romate

    Castle Cream, Romate 75cl

    Deep, rich and luscious sherry, wood-matured for many years. Dark in colour, its richness and weight make it ideal with dessert or cheese and fruit.

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  2. Harveys Bristol, Cream

    Harveys Bristol, Cream 75cl

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    Rich and unique with a delicate texture and refreshing finish.

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  3. Moscatel Soleado, Gutiérrez Colonsia

    Moscatel Soleado, Gutiérrez Colonsia (Half Bottle) 37.5cl

    Made using the method of sun-drying the grapes and full of the deep sweetness this method brings. Lots of typical Muscat flavour such as raisin and orange peel combine with floral notes and nuanced citrus flavour of grapefruit and lime.

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  4. Antique Pedro Ximenez, Fernando de Castilla

    Antique Pedro Ximenez, Fernando de Castilla 50cl

    Liquorice and raisins dominate the palate of this deliciously luscious and sweet Sherry. Be prepared for intense flavour that is well supported by a plethora of nuanced dried fruit. Try drizzled over ice cream for fantastic results!

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  5. Pedro Ximenez Cardinal, Cisneros Romate

    Pedro Ximenez Cardinal, Cisneros Romate 75cl

    The richest and sweetest of the sherry family is well represented here with lots of raisiny sweetness and a hint of spice. There is plenty of depth to the palate with dried fruits abundant and a creamy texture that finishes with hints of coffee.

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  6. Walnut Brown, Williams and Humbert

    Walnut Brown, Williams and Humbert 75cl

    Full bodied and heart warming with a delicate bouquet of raisins.

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  7. Antique Amontillado, Fernando de Castilla

    Antique Amontillado, Fernando de Castilla 50cl

    A sherry of incredible complexity and quality, the palate is full of tangy orange peel amongst a plethora of other flavour and a dry finish.

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  8. Antique Palo Cortado, Fernando de Castilla

    Antique Palo Cortado, Fernando de Castilla 50cl

    Palo Cortado is a fairly rare style of sherry which sits in between Fino and Amontillado. It has all of the freshness of the Fino and the Nutty complexity of the Amontillado and a fuller body than either. This is a fine example of this relatively unknown style.

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  9. Castle Amontillado, Romate

    Castle Amontillado, Romate 75cl

    A full nutty character with a highly individual complexity.

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  10. Harveys, Amontillado

    Harveys, Amontillado 75cl

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    A classic medium-dry sherry displaying a distinctive bouquet and a light, elegant nutty taste.

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  11. A Winter's Tale, Williams and Humbert

    A Winter's Tale, Williams and Humbert 75cl

    A rich and mellow amontillado; a high-quality medium-dry sherry.

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  12. Castle Fino, Romate

    Castle Fino, Romate 75cl

    This fino has a light gold colour, bone dry and with a delicate flavour. These sherries are often used as aperitif wines, but they are very versatile. They are very popular in the Spanish tapas bars and go very well with that style of food.

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