Localization: Jerez, Spain
Tasting Notes: The standard of type and leader both in Spain and abroad. Manzanilla is the rarest of all authentic sherries, being uniquely site-specific in origin. Matured beneath a constant veil of yeast (called flor) as only occurs in beachfront and protected cliffside bodegas of Sanlucar, giving Manzanilla a dry, haunting delicacy analogous to fine Champagne.
#37 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018
92Wine Spectator: A bright, high-pitched style, showing tangy quinine and chamomile notes laced with talc and fleur de sel flavors. Very dry, brisk, stony-edged finish. An absolute delight.
The Domain: Bodegas Hidalgo la Gitana was founded in 1792 and since then the company has passed from father to son. Today is one of the few wine companies owned and controlled by the family and run by the eighth generation in direct line of the founder. It has held a preeminent position in Sanlúcar since the 19th Century. The house manages 200 hectares of vines, all farmed organically. Most of them are located in the Pagos of Miraflores and Balbaina. The flagship wine, Manzanilla ‘La Gitana’ (The Gypsy Woman) is named after a famous Flamenco performed known for her beauty. The wines have received numerous awards, both nationally and internationally.
“Great wines start at the vine, we take care of the vineyard the same way my father and grandfather taught us and passed generations taught them, respecting nature and letting take its course, that is reflected in the uniqueness and elegance of our wines” Fermin Hidalgo.
The wines have been created between the Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana wine-making team and the legendary winemaker Basilio Izquierdo with over 120 years of combined experience they have been able to achieve top accolades. The winery in Rioja is located in the town of La Guardia in Rioja Alta and the Atlantic influence is noticeable in the minerality and elegance of the wines. The soil is calcareous mixed with clay. The oldest vines are 100 years old and the young ones 40 years. The highest quality of French and American oak is used during the aging process. The wines from Ribera del Duero come from the Valladolid All the wine-making process is meticulously overseeing from the vine to the bottle.