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Intense, complex and balanced on the nose, this En Rama has a wonderful salty character influenced by the close proximity of the cellars in Sanlúcar de Barrameda to the sea...
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Intense, complex and balanced on the nose, this En Rama has a wonderful salty character influenced by the close proximity of the cellars in Sanlúcar de Barrameda to the sea (only 300m away) as well as the altitude of the Balbaina vineyard (110m). Matured using the traditional “Criaderas y Solera” process in American oak casks, under a layer of “flor” integrated by the yeasts, the wine is intensely gold with green tints.

Intense, complex and balanced on the nose, this En Rama has a wonderful salty character influenced by the close proximity of the cellars in Sanlúcar de Barrameda to the sea (only 300m away) as well as the altitude of the Balbaina vineyard (110m). Matured using the traditional “Criaderas y Solera” process in American oak casks, under a layer of “flor” integrated by the yeasts, the wine is intensely gold with green tints.

Manzanilla En Rama is sherry at its very best – lightly filtered, unfined, pure free run juice directly from the barrel! Made from 100% Palomino grapes grown on white albariza soils at Hidalgo’s highest quality vineyards of Balbaina and Miraflores, this Manzanilla is released in extremely limited quantities (only 35 barrels of the solera are used) and can be considered the best value sherry in the world.

Manzanilla La Gitana En Rama is traditionally produced from the first press juice of the Palomino Fino grape variety, meticulously grown on white albariza soils, highly prized for producing the finest and highest quality musts. The grapes are grown in their own vineyards situated in the Balbiana and Miraflores estates, considered to be the best within Jerez. The Harvest took place in early September, when the grapes have reach optimum ripeness. La Gitana En Rama is produced only from free run juice without any pressure being exerted. Alcoholic fermentation takes place under controlled temperature conditions, catalysed by natural yeast. Once fermentation concludes, the young wine is fortified to 15%. Maturation takes place using the traditional “Solera System” in old American oak casks, under a layer “flor” form by the yeasts. Bodegas Hidalgo La-Gitana specially selects 35 of the finest casks for their En Rama. Only in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, influenced by the ocean breeze, are the ideal climatic conditions for the production of Manzanilla found. ‘En Rama’ signifies a Sherry that has been bottled almost directly from the barrel making the wine more intense and complex. The idea is to taste the Sherry almost as if you had visited the bodega in Spain and dipped your glass into the barrel.

Should be served chilled, ideal with all types of tapas, fish, shellfish, white and smoked meats, salads, vegetarian dishes, ham and olives.

Bottled in spring 2021.

Matthew Jukes
Wine of the Week: a pulse-quickening Sherry.
“the fresh-as-daisies, natural yeasts, honest and elemental style of Manzanilla. This is a bone dry, palate-invigorating, sharply tangy sherry….”

Jancis Robinson MW
“Notably bready nose and really fresh. Tangier with more obvious acidity than many Manzanillas. Super-clean, racy and sleek. Definitely superior.”

Johnny Ray – Spectator – Six Wines to savour during May
"Oh my goodness this is tasty! Indeed, I can’t for the moment think of a better aperitif or kick-starter to a lockdown-jaded appetite. Family-owned Bodegas Hidalgo was founded in 1792 and is famous for its La Gitana Manzanilla sherry, produced in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. This, La Gitana En Rama, is even more toothsome, being sherry in its rawest, least mucked about, most natural state. Produced from 100 per cent Palomino free-run juice, it’s un-fined and only lightly filtered having spent eight years in the solera. It’s spicy, salty and citrusy with a fine savoury kick to the finish and I absolutely adore it."

Sarah Jane Evans MW
"Can’t travel? Uncork the brand-new En Rama from La Gitana and it will waft you instantly to Sanlúcar. Savoury, smoky, nutty, creamy, succulent, intense"

Decanter Weekday wines
"To experience this in all its glory, drink as soon as possible; it has a limited shelf life. It's all sea salt and ocean breezes, with great energy. Amazing crispness and tangy vibrancy. Super-delicious."

Christine Austin
"Just tasted…. La Gitana Manzanilla En Rama, Bottled 2020, If you can’t get to sunny Spain then the latest Manzanilla ‘EnRama’ release is the next best thing. Freshly bottled, straight from the cask, this is a bitingly crisp, salty, complex, light textured wine, at only 15 percent alcohol. It is a perfect summertime aperitif, ideally served with salted nuts and jamón"

Henry Jeffreys
"…especially when it’s as delicious as the latest En Rama release from Manzanilla la Gitana. Simultaneously fresh and full, lots of almonds. So good."

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Palomino Fino
Country
Spain
Region
Jerez
Vintage
NV
ABV %
15%
Organic
No
Vegan
Unknown

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