Bodegas Barbadillo, Cádiz Mirabrás 2016 Palomino - jerex, spain

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

Old School Sherry...

Dating from 1821, Barbadillo is the reference Sherry house of the town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Jerex. Made from 100% Palomino, the Mirabrás is a modern wine with an ancient heritage, one of the non fortified table wines - Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz - that are appearing more frequently from Sherry houses these days. This trend is seen more & more in many famous fortified wine regions, think Port in the Douro, Madiera etc, as they continue to try to maintain competitiveness in a market where demand for their superb, but out of vogue & mis-understood, fortified wines continues to diminish.

The grapes are briefly dried in the sun - “asoleado” - then pressed and fermented in old Manzanilla casks & aged a few months on the lees after which the wine spends 18 months in stainless steel & cement tanks, undergoing biological aging under a veil of flor.

Beautifully complex with a lovely mix of sweet aromas, quince, honey (a touch of late harvest), stemming from the “asoleado” process. Added to that are some familiar Sherry aromas, brioche bread/yeasty, Mediterranean herbs, fresh apricot & camomile, similar to a Manzanilla with the saline/seaweed accents & slight bitter edge from the flor aging, but with greater sweet fruit notes. On the palate it’s fresh, with balanced acidity, notes of almonds, toasted bread, lime, and overripe apples.