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Manzanilla Pasada "Pastrana", Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana NV


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Single-vineyard Manzanilla from the Pastrana Vineyard with pure albariza soils in the Miraflores district, which is regarded as the grand cru of the Jerez region. Only free-run juice is used. To show the wine's extraordinary quality this was aged a bit longer before bottling, hence a Manzanilla Pasada.

"The golden-colored NV Manzanilla Pasada Pastrana is a Manzanilla produced from Palomino grapes from the Pastrana vineyard within the pago Miraflores, aged under flor, but finishing its upbringing in a semi-oxidative way as the flor weakens, starts to die off, and bottled with a total average of 12 year of age. It has a distinct nose redolent of peanuts, smoke, bitter almonds, quince and olives, combining biological and oxidative notes. The palate shows a medium- to full-bodied wine, very powerful and strongly-flavored, ending with a smoky finish. A fine nose and a powerful palate. A unique wine. 24,000 bottles are produced yearly. Drink 2013-2015." 92/100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The color of 12-karat gold, this pasada manzanilla opens with the aroma of fresh-baked bread and apricots. It's as rich as those scents lead you to expect, with saltwater and apricot flavor notes and a kind of dusty density from extended aging. Exotic and long, a kind of manzanilla indulgence." 92/100 Ray Isle, Wine & Spirits Magazine

"Another amazing flavour-to-value winner from the denizens of Bodegas Hidalgo. No wonder this refreshingly sophisticated salty seadog of a Manzanilla came home laden with both a Food Match and a Critics' Choice gong. While Angus Macnab found 'salt and iodine plus good weight and texture on the palate', Andrea Bricarello felt this was 'complex yet rich, with fresh dough notes on the nose and a good balance'. For food, start with garlic prawns, move onto mushroom risotto - see our Food Match chapter for why - and finish with cheese and nuts." Gold Award, Food Match & Critics' Choice (Best Fortified) June 2012