If you ever visit Jerez in Spain then one Winery you must visit apart from all the excellent Sherry outlets is the Luis Perez Bodega situated just on the outskirts of Jerez de la Frontera. This was by far the standout highlight of our visit to the region and a place my wife and I hope to return to in the future.
This is where we first tasted the sublime ‘El Muelle’ Palomino Fino, a sherryesque tasting refreshing white wine.
The bodega itself is in a stunning location, surrounded by vines as far as the eye can see. The actual tour was fantastic with the guide making us feel very welcome, answering all our questions no matter how trivial. you could also tell that the vineyard meant something to him and his staff as their passion was very evident.
After a stroll around the vineyard and winemaking facilities, we were invited to a tasting of the wines they produce including the ‘El Muelle’.
EL Muelle de Olaso 2016:
From a very understated bottle with its plain simple looking label comes a far from ordinary wine. Made with 100% Palomino, the wine is fermented in sherry barrels after aging around 6 months on lees.
In the glass, it was a deep golden straw like colour with aromas of tropical fruit, including overripe banana, apricots and pineapple, there was also something yeasty with a hint of marzipan.
On first taste the sherry-like qualities shine through with an intense richness and weighty feel in the mouth. The fruit which is mainly tropical with a touch of pear tasted fresh with a brightness about it and a lovely long finish.
This may well be an acquired taste and it would probably help if you liked dry sherry to start with. For me, this was just damn good and another wine that is close to being a 9/10 corks but as in the last review just falls a fraction short.
My rating 8.75/10 Corks
Price around £9