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In a nutshell: A 50cl bottle of a classic bone dry and subtly salty Manzanilla Sherry
The lowdown: Manzanilla is a very pale, light and dry style of Sherry made in the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda that faces Cadiz. And La Gitana The Gipsy from Bodegas Hidalgo is a well loved and very reliable example of the style. Bracingly fresh, but with textured nutty and apply layers there's a whole lot going here which warrants its deserved reputation.
When to drink: Perfect served well chilled as an aperitif it also goes well all sorts of first courses of a meal.
Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana
Established in 1792, Bodegas Hidalgo is one of the oldest Sherry producers in existence, it is widely regarded as the de?nitive Manzanilla house. Passing down from generation to generation, continuity and quality have always been the most important themes for the company, which today uses only grapes from their own vineyards in Jérez Superior.
The Manzanillas, premium and aged Sherries produced by the Bodega are seen as benchmarks of quality and style the world over. Using the best Palomino Fino grapes grown in bright albariza soils, gradual biological ageing via the solera process under natural ?or produces the innately saline, fresh Manzanillas of Sanlucar. Ever innovative, Bodegas Hidalgo pioneered an aged, single vineyard Pasada Pastrana Manzanilla, and an un?ltered En Rama version of their La Gitana Manzanilla, released twice a year to coincide with the ?or cycle.