Published on September 12th, 2019 | by Ruben0
Sherry Twitter Tasting 2019 #SherryTT
The Amontillado edition
While thinking about a good angle, I noticed we only had 2 Amontillado wines so far (on a total of 31 wines in six tastings!). Coincidence of course, but it definitely had to be compensated. Amontillado is a very popular sherry type among connoisseurs and in this tasting I’d like to show you the wide variety of characters that you can find in these wines.
I’ve selected some of my personal favourites and tried to find interesting contrasts. Some are marked more by the biological ageing, others are more oxidative. We’ll have young Amontillado of 12 years on average, up to over 30 years. How does an Amontillado from Jerez compare to one from Sanlúcar? And what’s the effect of static ageing compared to the common solera system? We’ll soon find out: Amontillado in the spotlights!
I case you don’t know the concept: I’ve put together a selection of five excellent sherries. The bottles are poured into 6 cl samples and packages are distributed to sherry lovers all over the globe. Selected participants will open the samples on Tuesday 5th of November 2019 (19h00 CET, which is UTC+1) 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.
This is the line-up I composed:
- Amontillado NPU (Sánchez Romate)
A medium-aged example (15 years) with a rich and generous profile (vanilla, hazelnuts and a hint of sweetness). A classic Amontillado from Jerez.
- Amontillado Principe de Barbadillo 12 Years (Barbadillo)
Aged in Sanlúcar: 8 years under flor and 6 with oxygen. A good example of a spikey, maritime Amontillado.
- Amontillado Tio Diego (Valdespino)
One of the archetypes of Amontillado. After ageing for 10 years under flor, it ages further to a total 18 years. A single vineyard ‘Macharnudo Alto’ wine which evoques the albariza soil like no other.
- Amontillado En Rama 2001 (Williams & Humbert)
One of the latest Añadas from this bodegas, an Amontillado of 18 years, aged statically and therefore showing an above-average intensity and a unique character.
- Fino Imperial VORS (Diez-Merito)
One of the true gems of the sherry region, from a solera dating back to 1793. One of the very few natural Amontillados in existence – simply an amazing treat.
How to participate?
Five cracking wines, some of which are very hard to find outside of Spain. You can be part of this unique event and try these exquisite wines with us!
Thanks to the generous participation of the bodegas and the Consejo Regulador, the packages can be offered free of charge. Free wines and free shipping! The only requirement is that you’re available 5th of November and that you’re willing to make some noise about it on Twitter, Facebook, or perhaps a blog that you manage. Sadly only 15 places are available.
Registrations are now closed