This is the first step into Romate Pedro Ximenez. It is young at 3 years of age. So Romate have blended in some older dry Oloroso to balance out all the sugar and raw youthful flavours. It is small touches like this that make Romate one of the best Sherry producers you are likely to encounter. Look for raisins, chocolate, plums, floral notes and a nutty, slightly savoury finish. You could do worse than pairing Romate Pedro Ximenez with some blue cheese and figs.
Family-owned since foundation in 18th Century. Sanchez Romate offers Sherry, Brandy, and Vinegar of the highest quality. The family own 70 hectares of vines. This makes them medium-sized by Sherry standards. What makes Sanchez Romate special is that they are not in a hurry to rush out Sherry. They’ve been operating for 230 years and understand that it is worth waiting another couple of years to make sure that the Sherry you drink is 100% delicious.
Jerez in southwestern Spain is where Sherry comes from. Sherry is a fantastic product. Unique because of local conditions, the ‘Solera’ system, and Flor yeast. It is impossible to replicate these wines. Sherry can be anything from young to quite old and dry as dry can be to luscious and sweet. Palomino is the grape for dry Sherry. Sweeter wines use Pedro Ximenez (PX) and Muscat of Alexandria (Moscatel).
The grape variety and style of wine from Jerez in Spain also known as Sherry. Best described as liquefied Christmas cake, it tastes of raisins and dehydrated fruits, chocolate, caramel with many more nuanced flavours. The region of Montilla grows almost all Pedro Ximenez grapes used to make Sherry. Sherry style Amontillado means “in the style of Montilla”. In the region of Montilla they use Pedro Ximenez almost exclusively with their Sherry styled wines (can’t be called Sherry though!). For the Sherry PX, the super-ripe grapes are sundried before a brief fermentation and then fortification leaving a lot of residual sugar. After that, a long and oxidative aging process. The best PX are 20 or 30 years old.
The Solera system used is Sherry is a way of fractional blending. There are many stages in the solera. Wine is bottled from the oldest barrels (no more than one third is taken each bottling). Then those barrels are topped up with the next oldest barrels. This can go through many levels of age. Therefore some of the oldest barrels have wine that is at least 30 years old but may be much older.
This differs drastically from Champagne or Port blending. In Champagne or Port, they blend separate wines to achieve the desired flavour. In the solera, the fractional blending takes place constantly and the final product is the results of many years.