Pastora was the first Manzanilla ever to appear on the market in a bottled form, at a time (specifically 1827) when Manzanilla was mostly a local wine that was sold directly to consumers in bars (by the glass or in their own container).
Pastora is a true Manzanilla Pasada, rooted in the solera system of the already well aged Manzanilla Solear but even older. Pastora spends six years in the Solear solera (bodega El Potro) until a selection of barrels is moved some fifty meters down the road, to the bodega La Pastora, where the wine spends an additional three years. It is around 9 years old at the time of bottling and brings back a style that was in vogue in the 19th century and slowly disappeared in recent times.
Drink this with everything - especially a langoustine bisque, as it can handle the weight and texture seamlessly. Could be a gateway sherry for some of you too, never know! It is that delicious, and probably should come in Magnum format too.