Now this is interesting. Remember all the fuss about the Gonzalez Byas Tio Pepe Fino en Rama? It was a special bottling of Fino straight from the cask, and it was fabulous.
Sherry like this is normally filtered and fined to stabilize it for commercial release. The great thing about en rama is that the wine is bottled in its natural state, and it’s more intense and a bit more complex. But it does need to be consumed within 4 months of bottling (in this case 15 November was the bottling date).
Well, now Hidalgo la Gitana have made their own en rama bottling of Manzanilla. It’s a lovely wine, and it has been exclusively bottled for Bid For Wine, at the encouragement of MD Lionel Nierop, who persuaded Javier Hidalgo to produce this bottling.
Just 300 bottles are available at £14.75 each, from www.bidforwine.com.
Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla La Gitana En Rama NV
15% alcohol. Very bracing and aromatic with some salty, nutty savoury characters leading to a tangy palate with fresh, intense, nutty, savoury notes. There are complex flavous of hazelnut, citrus pith and a salty tanginess here. A really impressive, bracing expression of sherry that’s highly food compatible. 91/100