More Sherry? Manzanilla La Gitana ‘En Rama’ Hidalgo

by Patrick Sandeman

Mas Fino? Por favor! La Gitana Manzanilla Fino聽‘En Rama’, Hidalgo

Anybody who bought 聽Gonzalez Byass’ Tio Pepe ‘En Rama’ this year will know by now what a great wine it is, and聽will surely聽be ready聽for yet聽more fabulous sherry to drink this summer!

Shortly after this year’s Tio Pepe聽release we were offered a tiny quantity of Hidalgo’s stunning Manzanilla La Gitana ‘ En Rama’. It was barely enough to put a few bottles into the shops (once the directors had taken their small allocation), and definitely聽not enough to make an offer聽to a wider audience. Until now that is.

Some other merchant has apparently failed to take up their allocation and we have been offered聽fifty cases of six bottles at a price to sell it fast, because ideally聽this sherry needs drinking while it is at its freshest, which really means over the next two months.

Hidalgo Manzanilla LA GITANA ‘En Rama’聽Case of 6 bottles聽拢71.70 (拢11.95 bottle)

The great success of Javier Hidalgo’s ‘La Gitana’ can be attributed to both the consistently great quality of his Sanlucar聽de Barrameda Manzanilla Fino (lighter bodied than Jerez Fino) and the brilliant marketing with the wistful looking聽gypsy lady on the label. The ‘En Rama’ is even more intensely flavoured than the normal widely available version聽(this is La Gitana on steroids!), and at only 拢11.95 has to be one of the most underpriced fine wine bargains on the planet.

Selected by The Wine Gang at the London Wine Trade Fair as The Best Fortified Wine in Show with聽the following聽tasting note: Nutty, ozone, lemon and creamy quality, real sea-breeze freshness. Creamy, bone-dry, mineral freshness with salty, nutty flavours and a searingly dry finish with a flash of marmite, but so beautifully tangy.

I, for one,聽intend drinking聽at least a聽bottle of this every week, with salted almonds and聽any number of ‘tapas’,聽over the coming six weeks聽to聽see me through the armchair聽Olympics. Finally, all those years of training will pay off!

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