Sherry comes from Jerez in south-west Spain; vines of the Palomino grapes are located in Lustau's Montegilillo Vineyard. The white 'albariza' soil - typical of Jerez - is ideal for viniculture; when the surface dries out it forms a layer which prevents moisture loss, allowing vines to establish deep roots. Furthermore, the albedo effect of the white soil concentrates solar radiation onto the grapes, which aids ripening.
The wine is matured in a 'solera' system of progressive ages (or Criaderas), whereby Sherry bottled from the oldest cask - the 'solera' - is replaced by sherry from the next-oldest and so on until the youngest cask is reached, which receives the new wine. This process is to achieve consistency in the final product through the blending of multiple vintages, as new and variable sherries entering the system take on the older sherry's characteristics.
Drink now or will keep for the next 5 years. Once opened, drink over 2-3 weeks.
An 'Almacenista' sherry, Almacenistas referring to the small family-owned business operations that traditionally sell their wines to the big Sherry houses. Often run as a part-time venture by local people with more typical day jobs, their wines are typically produced in tiny quantities. Such is the quality of many "producers" Lustau often negotiate to buy and bottle the Sherries separately, instead of blending into larger volumes. This one is from wealthy Jerez businessman Juan García Jarana.
Perfect winter aperitif but also brilliant with mushroom dishes, with nuts or nut oil (blue cheese and walnut salad for instance). Best served cool.
In the press
Silver Outstanding- International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014
Silver- International Wine and Spirit Competition 2015
Silver- International Wine Challenge 2016
Silver- Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 and 2015
Jancis Robinson MW: 17 points
Wine Enthusiast: 92 points
Wine Spectator: 91 points