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Bodegas El Maestro Sierra, Fino

Bruised Apple, Biscuity, Salty

Farming

Sustainable

Producer

Bodegas El Maestro Sierra

Grape

Palomino

Wine Type

Fortified/Sherry

Country

Spain

Region

Jerez-Xérès-Sherry DO, Spain

Vintage

NV

Alcohol

15%

Size

75cl

These are wines made in super old barrels, moved using manual siphoning, settled by time, bottled unfiltered and unsulphured. The labels feature a fox being chased by a hunt, which Ana from the bodega says represents Maestro Sierra being chased by the larger sherry houses. Some of their practices (and the resulting wines) sit outside the normal rules for sherry, but the Consejo Regulador recognises the unique nature of the wines and grants them exceptions. The classic range of Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Amoroso, and PX are all incredibly good.

Old barrels are partially filled with base wine and fortified up to 15%, after which the flor, a natural yeast veil, develops. The flor will grow progressively until it covers the entire surface of the wine, preventing it from coming into contact with oxygen. The wine spends four years in a solera system of 500-litre American oak butts before being transferred to bottles. This Fino spends longer time in contact with the flor than normal, and is bottled unfiltered, only undergoing some gentle cold stabilization.

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