To say the Sherry Spirit Enotourism vineyard tour was unique and picturesque would be an understatement. Cecilia and Isabel arrived at our small hotel in Jerez to pick us up at 6pm.
Sherry Spirit Enotourism is a petite tour company run by Cecilia Rodriguez and Eduardo Valderas. Eduardo also happens to work at Bodegas El Maestro Sierra, a small (2000 barrel) sherry bodega in Jerez dating to 1830.
We had a walking tour of the vineyard to see the white, powdery, calcium carbonate (30-80-%) albariza soils up close. It’s amazing that anyone every thought, “Gee, let’s plant some vines here and grow grapes.” Expert interpretation and analysis were provided by Cecilia in Spanish and Isabel in English and then we moved to our tasting.
We started with some Infinito Palmira, their unfiltered 100% Palomino, dry, white with notes of guava and pomelo. Then, some 5 year old (yo) Fino paired with sunflower seeds and the Amontillado which had the best pairing yet – BBQ corn nuts.
The 15 yo Oloroso was stunning, but it was the Cream that impressed me. This is a blend of 70% of the 15 yo Oloroso and 30% of the 5 yo Pedro Ximénez. The two are then put into US oak barrels for 4 more years to age and the Cream is the culmination.
WSET Very Good Plus
That’s Life Gourmet Ltd. imports El Maestro Sierra products for sale at selected BC private liquor stores.