Sunday, January 10, 2010

Waitrose Solera Jerezana Manzanilla Sherry

Now for a lighter style of Sherry. Manzanilla is similar to Fino in that it develops with a flor, and exposure to oxygen is minimal. It is to be served chilled, and consumed while it is still fresh. Manzanilla is produced around the port of SanlĂșcar de Barrameda, instead of Jerez, which produces Fino.

I was expecting something a little lighter and fresher than what I tasted here. This has a strong almond flavour (different than the nutty flavour experienced with oxidized Sherries such as Amontillado), and was fortified to 17%, making it seems a heavier drink than say, a Fino or a lighter Manzanilla. Interesting, but I'm not sure sure I really enjoyed it - something seemed a bit stale about it. I wonder if the bottle has spent too much time on the shelf, or if indeed it is intended to be slightly different in style.

Produced for Waitose by Lustau.

Solera Jerezana Manzanilla Sherry
SanlĂșcar de Barrameda, Spain

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