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Alegria Manzanilla

Sherry from Spain
4.625000000 star rating 24 Reviews
Alegria is a wonderful manzanilla, pale, aromatic and pungent yet delicate, fine and whistle-clean. Like all manzanilla, it is aged in Sanlúcar de Barrameda on the Atlantic coast where the protective flor yeast exerts a stronger influence on the wine, resulting in a pale colour and salty tang. The ideal partner for fish and shellfish, or simply an aperitif to stimulate the appetite.
Price: £8.95 Bottle
Price: £53.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SH931

Wine characteristics

  • Sherry
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Palomino
  • 75cl
  • Within one year of purchase
  • 15% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Stopper cork, ie sherry

Williams and Humbert

Williams and Humbert, founded in 1877 by Sir Alexander Williams and Arthur Humbert, were originally located in the heart of Jerez but in 1994 purchased a large, modern bodega on the outskirts of the city. The building is the biggest wine cellar in Europe at 180,000 m2.

These days the company is wholly owned by the Medina family and the two latest generations of Medinas work side by side to produce a range of sherries including the famous Dry Sack brand. They also maintain a keen interest in horses, which is traditionally an Andalucian passion, and visitors to the property are often treated to a display of equestrianism.

The excellent As You Like It bottling came about as the company prepared for its big move to the new bodega. Before transporting their soleras to the new premises the cellarmaster was instructed to blend the different barrels to facilitate transport. However, one particular solera of 27 butts included wine that stood out head and shoulders above the others, so he kept it intact and untouched until three years ago. This is As You Like It.

The Times

My favourite sea-breezy, delicate manzanilla, which closes on a meaty, saline, iodine note.

Jane MacQuitty

The Times

My favourite sea-breezy, delicate manzanilla, which closes on a meaty, saline, iodine note.

Jane MacQuitty

JancisRobinson.com

Very pungent – this perfumed the room as soon as the stopper was pulled. Bready and lime-marmalade notes. Bone dry and super-refreshing with a toasty finish. Sounds like breakfast, doesn't it? Might be...
Very pungent – this perfumed the room as soon as the stopper was pulled. Bready and lime-marmalade notes. Bone dry and super-refreshing with a toasty finish. Sounds like breakfast, doesn't it? Might be just the thing to revive the appetite over the festive season.
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Jancis Robinson

Midweek Wines

Bone-dry and delicate, Manzanilla is made in similar ways to fino sherry but its cooler, coastal location is thought to enhance the wine's layer of yeast and make the result finer and, possibly, saltier....
Bone-dry and delicate, Manzanilla is made in similar ways to fino sherry but its cooler, coastal location is thought to enhance the wine's layer of yeast and make the result finer and, possibly, saltier. Certainly, there are briny aromas and saline hints on the palate with [this wine] and these helpfully embellish the wine's crisply dry foundation and the associated almond and apple flavours and suspicion of lemon acidity. If you struggle with the dryness of sherry like this, pop a green olive into your mouth at the same time as you take a mouthful of the sherry - the difference will amaze you.
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Brian Elliott

The Scotsman

Bready yeasty aromas entice you into this deliciously tangy saline-tinged bone-dry aperitif with its green olive, orange peel, silky texture and almond notes � this Manzanilla was aged for more than 6...
Bready yeasty aromas entice you into this deliciously tangy saline-tinged bone-dry aperitif with its green olive, orange peel, silky texture and almond notes � this Manzanilla was aged for more than 6 years - such good value.
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Rose Murray Brown

JancisRobinson.com

Very pale gold but darker than many manzanillas. Intensely briney and yeasty, the latter softening the sour impression of the former. A strong impression of hay on the nose. On the palate, classic,...
Very pale gold but darker than many manzanillas. Intensely briney and yeasty, the latter softening the sour impression of the former. A strong impression of hay on the nose. On the palate, classic, bone-dry, salty elixir of the seaside. That saltiness giving intense freshness. Benchmark manzanilla and very good value. 16/20
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Julia Harding MW

The Times

Magnificentbargain-basement manzanilla, which has all the tangy, tongue-tingling floral,yeasty pizzazz that any summer sherry fan could ask for. Served cool, thismanzanilla is the perfect summer...
Magnificentbargain-basement manzanilla, which has all the tangy, tongue-tingling floral,yeasty pizzazz that any summer sherry fan could ask for. Served cool, thismanzanilla is the perfect summer aperitif. 
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- Jane MacQuitty

The Independent on Sunday

The driest ofsherrys, Manzanilla is the perfect aperitif, to be drunk ice-cold with nuts,olives or fishy canapés. From a long-established, British-founded sherry house,this is wonderfully tangy,...
The driest ofsherrys, Manzanilla is the perfect aperitif, to be drunk ice-cold with nuts,olives or fishy canapés. From a long-established, British-founded sherry house,this is wonderfully tangy, salty and palate-tingling. 
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- Terry Kirby

matthewjukes.com

You are alwaysguaranteed a flavour bursting with freshness and vitality.  A bargainprice, too, Alegría is a beautiful feather light, bone dry Manzanilla and it isthe definitive style of wine to...
You are alwaysguaranteed a flavour bursting with freshness and vitality.  A bargainprice, too, Alegría is a beautiful feather light, bone dry Manzanilla and it isthe definitive style of wine to drink with tapas before a big feast.
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- Matthew Jukes

The Daily Telegraph

An award-winningmanzanilla that’s fresh and reminiscent of salted cashews.

- Victoria Moore

The Daily Telegraph

The most delicate of sherries, manzanilla tastes like a gasp of sea air and just-baked sourdough. In her brilliant new sherry ebook, Fiona Beckett suggests drinking manzanilla with fish tacos....
The most delicate of sherries, manzanilla tastes like a gasp of sea air and just-baked sourdough. In her brilliant new sherry ebook, Fiona Beckett suggests drinking manzanilla with fish tacos. Great idea.
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- Victoria Moore

The Scotsman

A touch richer incolour [than others tasted] with an elegant and nutty character and a distinctwhiff of hay; quite herby and briny too. A much awarded Manzanilla from therespected old Williams &...
A touch richer incolour [than others tasted] with an elegant and nutty character and a distinctwhiff of hay; quite herby and briny too. A much awarded Manzanilla from therespected old Williams & Humbert firm (who now own the biggest wine cellarin Europe at 180,000m2).
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- Rose Murray Brown

Daily Mail

<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB;...
<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><font color="#000000">I drink a lot ofManzanilla at home and I have convinced most of my friends to do thesame.  The most vital and refreshing style of Sherry, Alegria is abargain-priced Manzanilla and it lacks nothing in perfume or flavour. Drink it with the Ivy shellfish cocktail.</font></span>
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The Guardian

Distinctively sharpand salty sherry from the coastal town of Sanlucar. Try with fried fish or saltcod croquetas.

- Fiona Beckett

The Times

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<span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><font color="#000000">Delightfully cheap,light, elegant, sea-breezy manzanilla with a terrific meaty, iodine punch onthe finish. - Jane MacQuitty</font></span>
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