These rare Poniente sherries are named after the warm and dry westerly Poniente wind which blows through the Straits of Gibraltar. Poniente sherries are the product of the thoughtful blending of precious, treasured soleras and criaderas from the 18th and 19th centuries, refreshed in the traditional method each year with wine from their own organically farmed estate vineyards (San Cristóbal, San José y El Aljibe) in the Pago Añina, one of only three pago sites in Jeréz designated as Jeréz Superior.
This Amontillado comes from a system of six criaderas and one solera, with a median age of over 40 years. The wine used to refresh the sixth criadera comes from organically farmed vineyards and has a median age of 10 years. Unlike others, this Amontillado has never been fortified, but instead gradually transitioned into the oxidative aging phase of its life thanks to a gradual depletion of flor-sustaining nutrients and a slow but steady concentration of the wine.
Saca 1/18 is the very first saca of this wine. The wine has rested two years in the winery at El Aljibe before the saca. 83 cases (3-packs). A very unique flavor profile - much stronger, “smokey” and forward, while being lean and delicate on the palate. A treat for those looking to explore further in the world of Sherry. As “basic” as a bowl of Pad Thai is, this would actually be a terrific pairing with it!