Perfect with: Hard cheese, manchego cheese, tapas or sushi
Region: Jerez, Spain
Why You'll Love it?
The word "Sherry" is an anglicisation of Xeres (Jerez). Sherry was previously known as sack, from the Spanish saca, meaning "extraction" from the solera. In Europe, "Sherry" has protected designation of origin status, and under Spanish law, all wine labelled as "Sherry" must legally come from the Sherry Triangle, an area in the province of Cádiz between Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa María.
The Sanchez Romate winery was established in the late 18th century and is one of the few wineries in Jerez that is still family owned. The name 'Fino Perdido' means 'lost fino' and refers to the style of wine that's in between an aged fino and fino-amontillado (a classification that no longer exists. Certainly a style of sherry that is quite rare today. It has spent 7-8 years ageing under a layer of flor which is longer than your average fino. The flor is what makes sherry unique in flavour and texture. Grown naturally only in the specific climate of southern Spain, flor is a living layer of yeast that forms on top of sherry wines that protects the wine from air contact so it can maintain its pale colour and fresh flavours.
A young sherry can go down one of two paths: biological ageing or oxidative ageing. This path is determined by the presence or absence of flor formation. If it is present, then the flor will allow the wine to develop biologically adding to its unique flavours.
"Pale gold but darker than a typical young fino. Deeply aromatic - salty, bruised apples and a touch yeasty and even a hint of honey but with zero sense sweetness. Complex and inviting. Bone-dry, almost savoury in its sour/fresh flavours, with terrific depth and intensity. This has perhaps more flavour and complexity than elegance but it has to be my bargain of the year. And the finish is deliciously fresh." 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson
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