Hidalgo - La Gitana Manzanilla - Sherry 50cl Bottle

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Hidalgo - La Gitana Manzanilla
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La Manzanilla is a dry wine and the lightest and most delicate member of the Sherry region and can only be made in the coastal town of Sanlacar de Barrameda set at the mouth of the River Guadalquivir. The position of the town, set between the sea and the river and the marshlands to the north, combines with the particular topography of the town itself to create an especially humid and constant microclimate.

These conditions allow a special growth of yeast, known as the 'flor', to grow on the surface of the maturing wine all your round thus protecting it from the detrimental effects of oxygen. Elsewhere in the Sherry district, the flor dies off in the summer and winter months to form the Fino sherry instead. Due to the uniqueness of this wine Manzanilla has its own 'Denominacion de Origen' Manzanilla -Sanlacar de Barrameda, set within the Sherry Denomination.

Hidalgo's Manzanilla is sold under the name of 'la Gitana' and carries a label depicting the 'gitana' (gypsy girl) which was originally painted for the firm by Joaquan Turina, father of the famous composer of the same name. Today, 'La Gitana' is the most popular Manzanilla on the Spanish market and is now the best selling wine in Seville.

This is the classic example of this unique wine and the flagship of their company. Its fresh and delicate taste has made it the favourite of Seville, the heart of traditional Andalucia where they drink it chilled, with a meal or with tapas or simply as a delicious wine.



Category(s):     Sherry
Group(s):     Dry Sherry
Producer: Bodegas Hidalgo   -   www.lagitana.es
ABV:   15%
Brand:   Bodegas Hidalgo
Country of Origin:   Spain
Food Match:   Cured Meats
Food Match:   White Fish
Grape Type:   Palomino Fino
Region:   Jerez
Sherry Style:   Manzanilla
Sweetness:   Dry

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Date of Review: Sun, 05 Dec 2010
Author:
Review: I found this Sherry in Oz Clarke\'s wine guide 2007. He raved about it, and said it was his favourite fortified wine. Because it\'s produced right on the coast in South West Spain it picks up a definite salty tang that\'s very refreshing, and not too heavy. Light in colour, it has a wonderfully dry and salty edge that\'s perfect as an aperitif or, as I do, drink it with Tapas.

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Producer Information

The Hidalgo family originally came from the north of Spain but moved to the south in the eighteenth century, when King Carlos III was encouraging new people to settle in Andalucia. At first the Hidalgos owned estates in the area, and later 'salinas' for making salt. They then entered the wine trade in 1792 when Jose Pantaleon Hidalgo acquired a sherry business from his father-in-law, thus founding the firm that exists today.
Since then the company has been passed down from father to son and, six generations later remains completely independent and is still owned and run by the Hidalgo family. It is today one of only a handful of fully independent Sherry producers. The company continues to occupy its original premises in the centre of Sanlacar de Barrameda and has always been one of the most important bodegas in this town. It has long been respected for the quality of its wines. As far back as 1875 we were winning prizes in Vienna.
Today the emphasis is still on quality and to ensure this we use only the grapes from our own vineyards. These cover about 200 hectares of the best Albariza soil in Balbaina and Miraflores; areas of the Jerez Superior District that produce much sought after grapes. This is especially true for the lighter finer styles such as Manzanilla and Fino. We continue to use traditional methods and all our wines are matured in old casks of American oak, some of which predate the firm itself. Vinacola Hidalgo y Cia. S.A. also possesses the modern equipment and expertise necessary to meet the most exacting quality control standards and to offer the fastest and most efficient service possible.
We produce the whole range of Sherries: Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso, Medium, Cream, Pedro Ximenez etc. but our most important wine is Manzanilla.
Our reputation in the wine market today is as a top quality Sherry and Brandy producer. A continuous flow of favourable press mentions and prizes in international wine tastings, such as London's International Wine Challenge, support this reputation.

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