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Cota 45 - Ube Miraflores - Jerez, Spain



Ramiro Ibáñez Espinar is a talented winemaker who returned to his native Sanlúcar, one point of the 'Sherry triangle', after working in Bordeaux and Australia. He is determined to establish the unique imprint Sanlúcar's terroir shows upon its wines when they are unobscured by fortification or oxidative ageing (as with Sherry). Cota 45, Ramiro's Bodega, is so named because he believes 45 metres is the best altitude at which to find the chalky albariza soil on which all his vines grows.

Palomino is his entry-level blend of parcels - though the term 'entry-level' does it a disservice! The vines are all ungrafted and between eighty and ninety years old, leading to excellent concentration. The wine is fermented in old Sherry butts with indigenous yeasts before slightly less than a year's ageing in very old barrels. As with Sherry, the wine is allowed to develop a flor of yeast over its surface, lending it a uniquely savoury twang. Eminently drinkable, and one for fans or haters of Sherry alike!

Tasting Notes : Citrus, rising dough, mussel shells, gooseberries. A rich, expressive nose followed by a bone dry palate, with plenty of refreshing acidity and a subtle tang on the finish.

Food Pairing : Like Sherry, this could be served before a meal - the thrilling acidity would complement salty flavours, like almonds or crisps - but it has the body to stand up to fish or shellfish dishes. It could also work wonders with the glorious Gabarre, one of our goat's cheeses.

Cota 45 - Ube Miraflores - Jerez, Spain

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