My Sherry Amour

My Sherry Amour
Bodegas Tradicion’s range of sherries shoot unapologetically for the very highest reaches that Jerez can offer. From a Fino with an astonishing average age of 12 years, aged for just about as long as flor can survive, to a 30 year old Palo Cortado that is actually closer to 40 and an Oloroso that contains wines from the 1860s, these are simply breath-taking bottlings of age and great beauty.

Ironically, for an estate founded on long-aged sherries, the history of the current estate is only 20 years old. When the historic old house of JM Riviero was sold in 1991, thereby ending an illustrious 300 year history, Joaquim Riviero began to formulate his plan for a new Bodega. This new project wouldn’t own vineyards. It would rely on his rich book of Jerez contacts and an unwavering commitment to producing some of the region’s most exciting, fully aged bottles. He had a clear style in mind and it centred on the ability to purchase and select the very finest old soleras they could lay their hands on. The aim was to create genre defining examples of complex, very carefully aged, exquisitely balanced old sherries, a million miles away from the high production, minimally aged bottlings so often seen on supermarket shelves.

By focusing on very old casks that have not been chill filtered, blended, stabilized, clarified, sweetened, or had the addition of sulphites, the team are succeeding in producing probably the most complex range of sherries we’ve ever tasted. With the exception of the Fino, all these bottles should keep for months once opened, upright and with the cork in, so there’s no need to finish a bottle in a single sitting. Unfortunately for those wishing to eek-out their bottles, these are not just complex and thought provoking but enormously drinkable too. Wines for quiet moments and the table alike.

If you’re a sherry lover and you haven’t yet encountered the magical wines from Bodegas Tradicion, this offer is not to be missed.