Established in 1792, Bodegas Hidalgo is one of the oldest Sherry producers in existence, it is widely regarded as the deﬁnitive Manzanilla house. Passing down from generation to generation, continuity and quality have always been the most important themes for the company, which today uses only grapes from their own vineyards in Jérez Superior.
The traditional ageing method used for all sherries uses a system of blending known as a solera. Continuous and fractional blending of young sherries with older ones results in a consistent style and quality of sherry. Matured occurs in casks of American oak in the sherry town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and is first ‘biological’, i.e. under a veil of yeast or ‘flor’, followed by oxidatively, which begins when the lack of nutrients in the sherry causes the flor to die. This wine spends several years of ageing in cask, usually 30 years or more. The resultant style is dry and very complex. Wines of such age are designated VORS, (Very Old Rare Sherry).
A waxy salty style with honey and hazelnuts on the nose. The palate brings vanilla, caramelised nuts and hints of savoury leather. Firm, full and mouth watering. This is a pungent aperitif, but also great with a variety of foods: Tapas, olives, soup, dry cheeses and even beef.