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The Society’s Exhibition Mature Medium Dry Oloroso Blend

Sherry from Spain
4.833330000 star rating 24 Reviews
Dark, powerful and fragrant oloroso. Years of ageing in barrel have concentrated the flavour with intense toffee and nut aromas. Serve with a dry, piquant sheep’s milk cheese such as Manchego.
Price: £12.95 Bottle
Price: £155.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: SH411

Wine characteristics

  • Sherry
  • 4 - Medium/off dry
  • 75cl
  • Within two years of purchase
  • 20.5% Alcohol
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Discover the joys of this sherry, sourced from the excellent independent house of Sánchez Romate, with our buyer Tim Sykes. Video transcript

Video transcript

Oloroso in Spanish means ‘fragrant’ or ‘scented’ and that’s a very good description of this wine. It’s produced in Jerez, the town of Jerez, by Sánchez Romate, which is a very good producer, and it’s aged for many years in oak casks – around 25 years is the average age of this wine. And it’s kind of pale mahogany colour, it’s got lovely intensity, layers of flavours here, and it’s got kind of caramely, walnutty coffee flavours and it’s perfect as an aperitif, but it also goes really well with hard cheeses and it also goes well with a hearty stew, and it’s one of my favourite wines from the region. Delicious.

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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JancisRobinson.com

Gleaming copper colour. Rich aroma of caramelised orange peel and apricots. So fragrant. On the palate, powerful, medium sweetness but with such lovely savoury flavours � umami, mushroom, bitter orange �...
Gleaming copper colour. Rich aroma of caramelised orange peel and apricots. So fragrant. On the palate, powerful, medium sweetness but with such lovely savoury flavours � umami, mushroom, bitter orange � that you barely notice the sweetness. Powerful and perfect for strong, tangy cheeses, maybe steak too? Lots of freshness even though the acidity is probably quite moderate. Very good value. 16.5/20
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Julia Harding MW

decanter.com

Oloroso is a full-bodied, oxidatively aged style of dry Sherry, which is amber in colour, with gorgeous aromas of toffee, walnut, raisin, leather and coffee. This delicious example is made by S�nchez...
Oloroso is a full-bodied, oxidatively aged style of dry Sherry, which is amber in colour, with gorgeous aromas of toffee, walnut, raisin, leather and coffee. This delicious example is made by S�nchez Romate, specialists in the oloroso style, and like many Sherries it offers fantastic value for money considering the years that this wine has spent in barrel gaining in flavour and complexity. Snap it up.
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Amy Wislocki

The Wine Gang

<P>92/100 Made for the Wine Society by the house of Sanchez Romate, this pours a treacle rich colour and has an immediately involving nose; a deep pool of caramel and walnut, fine brown sugar and...
<P>92/100 Made for the Wine Society by the house of Sanchez Romate, this pours a treacle rich colour and has an immediately involving nose; a deep pool of caramel and walnut, fine brown sugar and coffee. On the palate it is thick-textured but dry, the slippery richness of the wine hinting at sweetness, then an espresso bite of bittersweetness sweeps through. Big, powerhouse stuff this and pretty sensational. - thewinegang.com</P>
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