Swing by and try these three single barrel, 2015 vintage, single vineyard Manzanilla sherries from Bodegas La Callejuela. The attraction of trying this trio is that they’ve been vinified separately but in exactly the same way, allowing us to study the effects of different soils (aka terroirs) on the wine.
Here’s a little run down of what you can expect:
1) Callejuela Vineyard
This first sherry is inoffensive and bright - not intrusive, it has a nice balance, and a short finish. It’s a start the night sherry - ideal as an aperitif.
This soil is the most mixed, and the flavour is nutty with a hint of citrus.
Pair with: a bowl of almonds, or our Boquerones, Piquillo Peppers & Lemon Oil.
2) Anina Vineyard
Number two is a delightful sherry - the soil is 80% calcium, and the acidity has dropped loads for a smoother finish. See if you can taste the dried apricots amongst the chalkiness. Champagnes, Loire Valley wines and English sparkling have a higher chalk influence and this is similar.
Pair with: Scallops and sweeter seafood. Prawns with a drizzle of lemon, as long as they’re not too garlicky. On our menu, we also recommend Catalan Fuet (thin, dry cured, sausage of pork meat).
3) Macharnudo Vineyard
We consider number 3 the Grand Cru of sherries, and this is the one that’s mentioned the most. The soil is 50% calcium, and this is the most balanced sherry of the three. It is definitely fuller, with medium length and a subtle finish.
Pair with: Smoky flavours are great with the stronger flavour of this sherry - aubergine and smoked garlic. The earthy hints of truffle are good with this - try our Asparagus, Aubergine & Smoked Garlic Pate.
£7.50 for 3x 35ml tasters