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Romate Fino Perdido

Sherry from Spain
Each fino cask is a fermentation vessel and it ferments and matures with different yeast strains according to the humidity, temperature and air currents in the bodega. We select the best barrels and have them bottled as Fino Perdido. This is a mature golden fino sherry: rich and full. In Andalusia in summer the Spanish eat superb fish and shellfish and wash it down with characterful finos such as this.
Price: £7.95 Bottle
Price: £95.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: SH531

Wine characteristics

  • Sherry
  • Dry
  • Palomino
  • 15% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • 75cl
  • 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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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

<P></P><P>This is not your ordinary style of Fino. With its name translated as ‘Lost Fino’, it’s mature style and has spent eight years in cask. It has plenty of...
<P></P><P>This is not your ordinary style of Fino. With its name translated as ‘Lost Fino’, it’s mature style and has spent eight years in cask. It has plenty of complexity and concentration but still retains its freshness and vibrancy. Packed with almond and yeasty characters on the finish, this is divine with or without food. Alc: 15%</P>
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Decanter

A special selection of butts (barrels); eight-year-old fino verging on amontillado as the flor yeast fades. Delicately fragrant with yeast and lime leaves. The palate is contrastingly brisk, the very...
A special selection of butts (barrels); eight-year-old fino verging on amontillado as the flor yeast fades. Delicately fragrant with yeast and lime leaves. The palate is contrastingly brisk, the very essence of savouriness. Elegant. <B>- Sarah Jane Evans MW</B>
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93/100

The Wine Gang

Tremendous value for money on this special bottling of Fino, bottled two years ago. Benchmark bready, yeasty nose, a dash of seaside saltiness and a fresh but rich citrus palate bolstered by an...
Tremendous value for money on this special bottling of Fino, bottled two years ago. Benchmark bready, yeasty nose, a dash of seaside saltiness and a fresh but rich citrus palate bolstered by an ever-so-nutty developed tang thanks to its average age of 7 years.
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Decanter

Seven to eight years average age. Full and silkywith amontillado characters developing on a flor background. This is adelicious savoury Fino. - <span style=";"><i><font...
Seven to eight years average age. Full and silkywith amontillado characters developing on a flor background. This is adelicious savoury Fino. - <span style=";"><i><font color="#000000"></font></i></span>
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Margaret Rand

Hampstead & Highgate Express

Rich ... Mature yetstill wonderfully fresh - remarkable

- Liz Sagues

Decanter

Tight, with finelyelegant flor aromatics. Palate is briskly astringent and linear. Finish is verybrisk and tight, with a tannic bite on the very end.

- Panel Tasting

Hampstead & Highgate Express

Great, characterful.

- Liz Sagues

The Evening Standard

Sherry remainsridiculously underpriced: this delicious one is bone dry but quite complex.

- Andrew Neather

Kent & Sussex Courier

For a thrillingSherry under £8 embrace this resplendent bone-dry, tangy rich and zesty 'lostfino'. It's one for the fridge and streaked with lemons, orange peel, almondsand baked apple....
For a thrillingSherry under £8 embrace this resplendent bone-dry, tangy rich and zesty 'lostfino'. It's one for the fridge and streaked with lemons, orange peel, almondsand baked apple. The average age of this classy, full and savoury mature Sherryfor cognoscenti is about eight years... The finish and aftertaste areexceptionally long. Serve lightly chilled as an aperitif with a selection ofjamon, green olives and salted almonds. Excellent value.
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- James Viner

JancisRobinson.com

Pale gold but darkerthan a typical young fino. Deeply aromatic - salty, bruised apples and a touchyeasty and even a hint of honey but with zero sense sweetness. Complex andinviting. Bone-dry, almost...
Pale gold but darkerthan a typical young fino. Deeply aromatic - salty, bruised apples and a touchyeasty and even a hint of honey but with zero sense sweetness. Complex andinviting. Bone-dry, almost savoury in its sour/fresh flavours, with terrific depthand intensity. This has perhaps more flavour and complexity than elegance butit has to be my bargain of the year. And the finish is deliciously fresh.
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16.5/20 Jancis Robinson

Manchester Evening News

This one may be alittle more expensive [than The Society's Fino] but it's in the same stellarvalue-for-money ratio. This bottle is marked 1/15 because it's taken from oneof 15 butts (or casks) ...
This one may be alittle more expensive [than The Society's Fino] but it's in the same stellarvalue-for-money ratio. This bottle is marked 1/15 because it's taken from oneof 15 butts (or casks) where there is something very special going on in theway the sherry is ageing. After fermentation it spends years maturing in thebarrels to achieve this mature fino product, hence the name 'perdido' (lost offorgotten fino) ... it has striking bready aromas and an almost Burgundian oakcharacter. The wine receives little filtration and is therefore very much inthe same vein as the currently fashionale 'en rama' style of fino.
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- Andy Cronshaw

Mid Sussex Times

Between a fino and anamontillado, dry, pale gold in colour and with characteristics of both styles,with the yeasty flor character combined with apples and rich nutty, smokedalmonds. Light bodied yet with...
Between a fino and anamontillado, dry, pale gold in colour and with characteristics of both styles,with the yeasty flor character combined with apples and rich nutty, smokedalmonds. Light bodied yet with rich flavours, it is ideal with dressed Selsey crab,langoustines or seared tuna steak. An amazing £7.95 ...
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Richard Esling

Bite Magazine

My go-to ... I cannot think of a time over Christmasthat a glass of achingly dry, savoury sherry doesn't fit. I'll be drinking itwhilst baking, present wrapping and picking over yesterday's...
My go-to ... I cannot think of a time over Christmasthat a glass of achingly dry, savoury sherry doesn't fit. I'll be drinking itwhilst baking, present wrapping and picking over yesterday's cheeseboard.
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- Nikki Welch

The Independent

Here’s proof that youcan an excellent bottle of fino for well under a tenner. Translating as “thelost” the name refers to the fact that this is an example of fino-amontillado,a now rare...
Here’s proof that youcan an excellent bottle of fino for well under a tenner. Translating as “thelost” the name refers to the fact that this is an example of fino-amontillado,a now rare style of sherry that has been created under a coating of flor but hasspent longer in the butts than most finos. Although not classified as en rama,it has had minimal treatment before bottling, so that you get the full yeastyapple and nut flavours with a bone dry finish. Enjoy it by itself or with fish,shellfish or cheese.
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- John Clarke

The Sunday Times

Produced in the homeof sherry, Jerez de la Frontera, by Bodegas Sanchez Romate, this has a slightlyfuller flavour than most finos and a distinctive yeasty, nutty character.Perfect for chilling, to be...
Produced in the homeof sherry, Jerez de la Frontera, by Bodegas Sanchez Romate, this has a slightlyfuller flavour than most finos and a distinctive yeasty, nutty character.Perfect for chilling, to be enjoyed with tapas, salted nuts or grilled freshsardines on toast.
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- Will Lyons

Manchester Evening News

I have reviewed thissherry before but after drinking it this week I was even more impressed thanthe first time around. During spring and summer I love to have a bottle of finoor manzanilla open in the...
I have reviewed thissherry before but after drinking it this week I was even more impressed thanthe first time around. During spring and summer I love to have a bottle of finoor manzanilla open in the fridge. Over a few days they develop with air contactand the progress is interesting to note. En rama or unfiltered sherry takendirectly from the butt is all the rage at the moment, but this is a style thatcombines en rama characteristics with further ageing. Essentially this is arare type of fino that edges towards the fuller flavours of amontillado but hasa beguiling complexity all of its own. - Andy Cronshaw
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The Times

<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">A pound more [thanThe Society's Fino] gets you Sanchez Romate’s superb eight-year-old Fino, fullof rich, smoky, appley fruit. - </font></span>
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Jane MacQuitty

JancisRobinson.com

Absolutely stunningvalue for a six-year-old screwcapped wine hand-picked from an almacenista(private storehouse). This one is a little darker plus fuller and richer thanthe average tangy fino. Bready,...
Absolutely stunningvalue for a six-year-old screwcapped wine hand-picked from an almacenista(private storehouse). This one is a little darker plus fuller and richer thanthe average tangy fino. Bready, soft, and a beautiful dry partner for food,verging on Amontillado.
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- Jancis Robinson

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