50cl Alameda Cream Sherry, Bodegas Hidalgo
For those looking for a sweeter Oloroso, the Abocado is a blend of old soleras with high-quality Pedro Ximenez; it is dark and concentrated with a very long finish. These are all sherries which represent the most traditional side of the market and are the purest examples of what the Jerezanos drink themselves. 18% abv
Founded in 1792 by Don Jose Pantaleon Hidalgo, this is one of the oldest sherry companies and today, is run by Javier Hidalgo from the original premises in the centre of Sanlucar de Barrameda, situated at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River. Vinicola Hidalgo is one of only a handful of bodegas that remains independent and totally family controlled and our initial tasting of their sherries was a real eye-opener. Theirs are real sherries made from old soleras and are the product of a 'artisan-craftsman' ethos, with all the grapes sourced from their own vineyards situated on 'albariza' soils in Balbaina and Miraflores, two of the very best Jerez DOC's. Wine-making is very traditional and all the Hidalgo sherries are matured in American-oak 'botas', something which is becoming rarer and rarer.