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Half bottle of Don Zoilo 12 year old Pedro Ximenez, Williams & Humbert
Sherry from Spain
With deep, almost opaque colour and a yellow tinge, this sherry has a mature figgy bouquet and bags of intense, ripe, dried fruit character on the palate. Sweet but not cloying and with a very long, lingering finish. Superb.
Price: £8.50 Half Bottle
Price: £102.00 Case of 12
- 9 - Intensely sweet
- 18% Alcohol
- Oak used but not v. noticeable
- 37.5cl (Half bottle)
- 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.
A half-bottle of this for under a tenner? A no-brainer, especially with Christmas around the corner. If you've never tried the PX grape, you're in for a surprise � pour a little and swirl it and you'll...A half-bottle of this for under a tenner? A no-brainer, especially with Christmas around the corner. If you've never tried the PX grape, you're in for a surprise � pour a little and swirl it and you'll get an idea of what lies in store. This has an enormous 380g/L residual sugar, so it's a dessert in itself � indeed many wine Sherry fans serve it over good quality vanilla ice cream for dessert. Glass coating and mouth coating, it's deep in colour and rich with plump fat curranty fruit, dried figs, toffee, and so much more besides. The amazing acidity means that it's not in the least bit cloying, despite the whack of sugar.