Local wines in Jerez

I’ve just had a week in Jerez and, in addition to those already blogged I tried these, all bar one from the Cadiz province. No detailed tasting notes, just a few impressions

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Two things going for this half of manzanilla. Fabulous label and the cost, namely 2€. As you might expect at the price, not very complex or even typical but a good light aperitif. From the no-name bar/sherry shop on Calle Arcos, full of old boys drinking house oloroso at 0.70€ a glass.

.beryna

This was very good, mainly Monastrell, big, warm, spicy with a great mouth feel. From Alicante. About 14€.

cj

This is that very rare thing, a red wine from Jerez. The vineyard is east of the airport. Young, fresh, very drinkable, about 6€.

garcia

Another local wine, grown in Sanlucar de Barrameda, by the sea. Said to be 100% Tannat although I can’t confirm that. Certainly not as tough as that grape usually is. Smooth, fruity, again very drinkable. About 8€.

zalema

This is from Huelva, round the Bay of Cadiz from Sanlucar. Not known as a good wine growing area. The grape is zalema, a variety indigenous to Huelva. Nowhere else grows it. Late ripening, vigorous, Doesn’t mind drought, likes poor soils. The wine is light, neutral , slight almond flavour. Needed to be drunk very cold. Only 11%. Rather disappointing as ambitiously priced at about 10€.

These last four wines were from a bookshop in Jerez with a small but very interesting wine selection. Located in an alley that runs down the side of the Meson del Asador

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