Published on August 27th, 2018 | by Ruben0
Sherry Twitter Tasting 2018 #SherryTTAs a yearly tradition, I can announce the fifth edition of the Sherry Twitter Tasting #SherryTT which will take place during the Sherry Week 2018. This year the theme will be vintage sherry.
The vintage editionVintage sherry or Jerez de Añada is a rare type: nowadays virtually all sherry is matured in a dynamic solera system. However there used to be a time when sherry – like other wines – was made in vintages, vinified and aged separately without blending. In the past few years there has been a small revival of this concept, with a steadily growing list of premium vintage sherry bottlings. In this tasting we’ll put them in the spotlights. As they are all highly limited, this is a rare opportunity to try them. By now you probably know the concept: I’ve put together a selection of five excellent vintage sherries, the bottles are poured into 6 cl samples and packages are distributed to sherry lovers all over the globe. The participants will open the samples on Tuesday 9th of October (19h00 CEST, which is UTC+2) and try the wines together while communicating via Twitter (including the hashtag #SherryTT in every message). I will introduce the wines and give some background information. Representatives of the bodegas will sit together at the Consejo Regulador in Jerez and will be available to answer your questions.
#SherryTT winesThis is the line-up I composed:
- Manzanilla de Añada 2012 4|11 (La Callejuela) This comes from a selection of 11 botas filled in 2012 with the same must from old Palomino vines in El Hornillo. Each year one barrel is bottled, which allows us to follow the evolution of the wine – we’re trying the fourth edition from Bota #5. Made by winemaker Ramiro Ibañez, this is the first vintage Manzanilla of modern times.
- Palo Cortado ‘Macharnudo Alto’ Vintage 2000 (Valdespino) A vintage Palo Cortado released by Valdespino in June 2017 (just 500 half bottles), made with barrel-fermented must from the Macharnudo Alto vineyard that also feeds the Fino Inocente. Single vintage, single vineyard, single cask!
- Oloroso Vintage 2001 (Williams & Humbert) Williams & Humbert has been laying down vintage sherry since the 1920s. This is the most recent 2017 release from the Colección Añadas.
- Palo Cortado 1987 (González Byass) Another expert on vintage sherry, González Byass released an impressive range of vintage sherry going back to the 1960s. Less than 1000 bottles were released of this exceptional Palo Cortado.
- Añada 2000 (Lustau) Made from Palomino grapes from the Carrascal area. As the fermentation was halted early, this is slightly sweet. It matures in barrels which previously contained Oloroso.