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Half bottle of Cayetano del Pino Palo Cortado Viejísimo 1-5

Sherry from Spain
An outright Champion and Wine Society exclusive, this exquisite sherry, bottled by Romate, from an almacenista specialising in palo cortado, regales the palate with gorgeous aromas of hazelnuts and vanilla, the result of an estimated 30 years in cask. Minimal handling and filtration may cause it to form a haze, or precipitate tartrate crystals that won't interfere with the enjoyment of the wine.
Price: £22.00 Half Bottle
Price: £264.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: SH552

Wine characteristics

  • Sherry
  • Dry
  • Palomino
  • 21.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • 37.5cl (Half bottle)
  • Screwcap

Sánchez Romate SA

Bodegas Sánchez Romate can be found in the historic heart of Jerez de la Frontera, and is one of the few bodegas still entirely owned by Jerez families. As well as being the home of sherry (the word ‘sherry’ is an anglicisation of Jerez), the city is home to many late gothic churches and convents, and is also the birthplace of flamenco, and some horse shows.

With its pretty streets lined with fragrant orange and lilac trees, it is no wonder that families have been flocking here for centuries to produce its most famous wines. Romate’s founder, Don Juan Sánchez de la Torré, did just that in 1781, meaning it is now one of Spain’s oldest wineries still in operation.

Their family-owned status means they retain both their independence (they still produce, age, bottle, and despatch all of their own produce) and can continue making wines according to their artisanal traditions. Their popularity went way beyond Jerez, however: they have also been the official purveyor to the House of Lords, the Vatican, and the Spanish Royal Family.

Sánchez Romate own vineyards in some of the best locations in the sherry triangle, benefiting from western Andalusia’s glorious sunshine and cooling sea breezes. The white albariza (limestone) soil is perfect for sherry grapes (palomino and pedro ximénez) because they absorb and retain the winter and spring rainfall and supply it to the vine in the scorching summer.

Their winery of course uses the Solera ‘steps and ladder’ system, a method unique to...
Bodegas Sánchez Romate can be found in the historic heart of Jerez de la Frontera, and is one of the few bodegas still entirely owned by Jerez families. As well as being the home of sherry (the word ‘sherry’ is an anglicisation of Jerez), the city is home to many late gothic churches and convents, and is also the birthplace of flamenco, and some horse shows.

With its pretty streets lined with fragrant orange and lilac trees, it is no wonder that families have been flocking here for centuries to produce its most famous wines. Romate’s founder, Don Juan Sánchez de la Torré, did just that in 1781, meaning it is now one of Spain’s oldest wineries still in operation.

Their family-owned status means they retain both their independence (they still produce, age, bottle, and despatch all of their own produce) and can continue making wines according to their artisanal traditions. Their popularity went way beyond Jerez, however: they have also been the official purveyor to the House of Lords, the Vatican, and the Spanish Royal Family.

Sánchez Romate own vineyards in some of the best locations in the sherry triangle, benefiting from western Andalusia’s glorious sunshine and cooling sea breezes. The white albariza (limestone) soil is perfect for sherry grapes (palomino and pedro ximénez) because they absorb and retain the winter and spring rainfall and supply it to the vine in the scorching summer.

Their winery of course uses the Solera ‘steps and ladder’ system, a method unique to Jerez, and Sánchez Romate has it down to a fine art. They make all types of sherry – fino, amontillado, oloroso, palo cortado, cream and pedro ximénez – and age each wine in traditional American oak for varying numbers of years depending on its type.

The flor that forms in the casks is vital to the sherry’s taste, flavour-intensity and texture (flor attacks glycerol, which can leave sherry fat and uninteresting). The type of flor yeast present in each barrel varies greatly, as different types form depending on the temperature variation throughout the bodega and the strength of the air currents. We’ve worked with Sánchez Romate to select the best casks for our Society Fino and Fino Perdido.

One of our best-selling sherries is their Fino Perdido (or ‘lost fino’), an exclusive to The Society. The name is a result of a change in Spanish classification laws: the term ‘fino-amontillado’ to indicate a sherry halfway between the two styles was declassified in recent years. The Fino Perdido – a sherry made in this style – was somewhat abandoned until our sherry buyer, Toby Morrhall, discovered it when visiting the winery. It’s broad, rich, powerful style and delicious orange peel and nutty character has proven hugely popular with our members.

Sánchez Romate remains a benchmark of Jerez wines: with over 200 years of balancing tradition with a cosmopolitan lifestyle, they have always aimed simply to please their consumers, and to satisfy an essential need – the art of living.
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The Times

<P>One of Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 Summer 2011</P><P>The wonderfully named Don Cayetano del Pino Vazquez founded this bodega in 1886 and his glorious sherries were soon winning...
<P>One of Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 Summer 2011</P><P>The wonderfully named Don Cayetano del Pino Vazquez founded this bodega in 1886 and his glorious sherries were soon winning medals. Sherry fell out of fashion and Cayetano became an almacenista, or stockholder of old sherries. All Sanchez Romate had to do was scoop up this prized ancient palo cortado and tempt the Wine Society. Not difficult, this pale tawny sherry oozes nutty, dried fruit flavours.</P>
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Decanter

The changes in the Sherry scene in the past few years have been remarkable, but I was unprepared for the superb quality on show. Perhaps the most exciting range (and the most beautiful labels) came from...
The changes in the Sherry scene in the past few years have been remarkable, but I was unprepared for the superb quality on show. Perhaps the most exciting range (and the most beautiful labels) came from Viniberia, where single 500 litre butts are selected from Jerez’s almacenistas – stockholders of soleras of great age. The just-bottled Sanchez Romate Hnos, Fino Perdido had the purest expression of flor imaginable (see Weekday Wines); the Cayetano del Pino y Cia, Palo Cortado Viejisimo, bone dry from a 40 year old solera; the Salto al Cielo Olorosa, blended by Dauthieu’s father in law Beltran Domecq, with vigorous richness and a firm finish.
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Decanter

98/100 Top marks to another Wine Society bottling with minimum handling at bottling. Sumptuous aromas of mahogany and vanilla. Supple texture with an unexpectedly vibrant, tarry finish. An original. - Sarah Jane Evans MW

Stylist Magazine

This limited edition is so smooth, supple and rounded it just glides over the tongue, while its flavour of nuts, a little bit of marmalade and a hint of vanilla melt into one another and are seriously...
This limited edition is so smooth, supple and rounded it just glides over the tongue, while its flavour of nuts, a little bit of marmalade and a hint of vanilla melt into one another and are seriously moreish. -
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Jane Parkinson

The Wine Gang

Super intense, nutty, woody, some North African spices, a swish of vanilla and a dash of caramel. Then it's all super bright and 'hey look at me!' on the palate. Tangy and concentrated...
Super intense, nutty, woody, some North African spices, a swish of vanilla and a dash of caramel. Then it's all super bright and 'hey look at me!' on the palate. Tangy and concentrated marmalade, liquorice and spice then super fresh to finish. A Sherry to put a smile on your face.
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thewinedoctor.com

From a half bottle, under screwcap. The first obviousfeature worth noting here is in the colour, which is an impressivelyconcentrated golden-amber hue, with a faint greenish tinge at the rim. The noseis...
From a half bottle, under screwcap. The first obviousfeature worth noting here is in the colour, which is an impressivelyconcentrated golden-amber hue, with a faint greenish tinge at the rim. The noseis immediately enthralling, rich and expressive. There are scents of vanilla,coffee, caramel, roasted oranges and sandalwood, along with a subtle vein ofacetylaldehyde which runs very much in the background. It has a full andconfident character, and this is confirmed on the palate which has a wonderful,weighty substance for a palocortado, and yet it retains a sense of the silky elegance that canbe found in this style. It maintains a very fine cottony texture through themiddle, with very polished edges and a fine frame of acidity. Suddenly on theend of the palate this all wells up, giving the wine an exciting, turbo-chargedfinish, flavoursome but more importantly full of energy and vigour. The vanillaand peppercorn notes sound like a trumpet, slowly fading, as the finish goes onand on. Just a little note of dry wood here disrupts the overall harmony, butotherwise this is an impressive show indeed. Truly excellent.
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18/20- Chris Kissack

JancisRobinson.com

Deep golden ochrewith a really complex aroma: Seville orange, nutty, lapsang smokiness and smokybitter caramel. Honeyed and smooth even though it is dry with immenseconcentration and depth. Tangy flavours ...
Deep golden ochrewith a really complex aroma: Seville orange, nutty, lapsang smokiness and smokybitter caramel. Honeyed and smooth even though it is dry with immenseconcentration and depth. Tangy flavours contribute freshness. Incredibly longand complex on the palate. Terrific wine with an attractive bitter note at thevery end.
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- Julia Harding

Hampstead & Highgate Express

Glorious, complexsherry, light amber, with nutty nuances, a lick of sweet raisin and a long,fresh, dry finish that is enhanced by a light chill. 

- Liz Sagues

The Wine Gang

Newly-released, thisis the ultimate Almacenista Palo Cortado with an average age of 30 years. Drybut smooth, seductive and intense with oranges, cloves, nut brittle and honey.The overall effect is supple...
Newly-released, thisis the ultimate Almacenista Palo Cortado with an average age of 30 years. Drybut smooth, seductive and intense with oranges, cloves, nut brittle and honey.The overall effect is supple and concentrated so it’s the perfect autumn/winterwine, and a Sherry that’s worth savouring. Worth snapping up before it alldisappears.
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- The Wine Gang

Decanter

Outstanding… abright amber colour and dense spirity flavours.

- Steven Spurrier

The Times

Bodegas Cayetanomakes such beautiful aged sherries that if I had to sip just one fortified wineover the festivities it would be this gorgeous 30-year-old palo cortado.Halfway between an amontillado and...
Bodegas Cayetanomakes such beautiful aged sherries that if I had to sip just one fortified wineover the festivities it would be this gorgeous 30-year-old palo cortado.Halfway between an amontillado and oloroso, it is a dry, meaty, toastedhazelnut and dried-fruit gem.
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- Jane MacQuitty

Calibre Magazine

Much maligned andmisunderstood, Sherry should be widely recognised as one of the world of wine’sgreatest (and best value) styles. From bone dry to super-sweet, Sherry makesthrilling, evocative and...
Much maligned andmisunderstood, Sherry should be widely recognised as one of the world of wine’sgreatest (and best value) styles. From bone dry to super-sweet, Sherry makesthrilling, evocative and unique wines that we should all drink far more regularlythan just the odd bottle at Xmas! And this example shows just why.This is an excellent example of a rare Palo Cortado style, with an average ageof over 40 years. Mature and deep yet extremely elegant and focused, a drystyle, rounded and nutty on the palate, with a complex, fresh and endlessfinish.
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- Matt Pym

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