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The Society's Fino

Sherry from Spain
‘My prize for overall star of this year’s tastings. Amazing value.’ Endorsements from Wine Champions founder Sebastian Payne MW during our annual Champs taste-off do not come much higher. Shipped regularly to ensure freshness and selected only from the best butts, our fino is bready, appley and full of personality. A Decanter World Wine Awards bronze medal winner and commended wine at the International Wine Challenge in 2021.
Price: £6.95 Bottle
Price: £83.00 Case of 12
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Code: SH571

Wine characteristics

  • Sherry
  • 2 - Dry
  • 15% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • 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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Oz Clarke's 250 Best Wines for 2012

An excellent example of the Wine Society's sherry – and simply outstanding value for money. Fino sherry is bone dry, but a little fuller than manzanilla, a little fatter, even, but it still has...
An excellent example of the Wine Society's sherry – and simply outstanding value for money. Fino sherry is bone dry, but a little fuller than manzanilla, a little fatter, even, but it still has that marvellous tangy dryness which makes it such a good appetizer, that almost slightly sour green apple peel acidity and the strange soft-sourness of yeasty bread dough – rather like a malty mixed grain bread in the making. There's also a taste of roasted almonds – and roasted almonds would be the perfect accompaniment.
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Bite Magazine

Perfect for anytime, from a civilised sip when the sun's just over the yardarm to some serious food matching… the freshness of green olives and sliced apple with a salty almond savouriness....
Perfect for anytime, from a civilised sip when the sun's just over the yardarm to some serious food matching… the freshness of green olives and sliced apple with a salty almond savouriness. Great with Iberian ham, manchego and olives as well as sushi, asparagus and smoked fish.
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Decanter

5 Stars -Outstanding: Complex, long and multi-layered. Exemplary fino. A great, classicwine.

- Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW

Decanter

5 Stars -Outstanding: Fine blend of yeasty freshness with citrus elements on the nose.Palate is dry and tight; develops with a fine richness of flavour. This is alittle tarry with an enticing herbal note. ...
5 Stars -Outstanding: Fine blend of yeasty freshness with citrus elements on the nose.Palate is dry and tight; develops with a fine richness of flavour. This is alittle tarry with an enticing herbal note. Iodine note on finish.
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- Sarah Jane Evans MW

Decanter

5 Stars -Outstanding: Very fino nose, birght clean aromas, lovely almond, citrus andapple tone. Quite complex, rich and in the Jerez style, with a little morealcohol on the finish.

- Nick Room

JancisRobinson.com

Absolutely classicand delightfully long. Superb. Very very good value

. - Jancis Robinson

The Lady

Not only a bargainbut also one of the best finos on the market. It’s very dry and lemony with acertain salty tang which lingers deliciously in the mouth... I always have a bottle of this in the...
Not only a bargainbut also one of the best finos on the market. It’s very dry and lemony with acertain salty tang which lingers deliciously in the mouth... I always have a bottle of this in the fridge.
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- Henry Jeffreys

Associated Press

A classic that alwayscomes tops in tastings… made… by Sanchez Romate, one of the few remainingfamily-owned bodegas and will have you reaching for a jamon sandwich in notime. Distinct bready...
A classic that alwayscomes tops in tastings… made… by Sanchez Romate, one of the few remainingfamily-owned bodegas and will have you reaching for a jamon sandwich in notime. Distinct bready aromas, a fresh citrus element and notes of salty almondsmake this extremely reviving when the sun comes out.
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- Sam Wylie Harris

Spears Wealth Management

Sanchez Romate is oneof Spain's oldest wineries and a celebrated producer of exemplary sherries. ItsFino is bang on: bone-dry, with citrus and a touch of nuts and herbs on thefinish. Served...
Sanchez Romate is oneof Spain's oldest wineries and a celebrated producer of exemplary sherries. ItsFino is bang on: bone-dry, with citrus and a touch of nuts and herbs on thefinish. Served well-chilled, its vibrant enough to kickstart the most jaded ofappetites. A perfect Sherry at a perfect price, and yet another reason to shopat The Wine Society.
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- Jonathan Ray

Manchester Evening News

Possibly the bestvalue wine on the planet. This is a fairly full-bodied Fino, with sappy fruitand a saline whiff. It's made by Sanchez Romate in Jerez and is perfect for thedinner table where it will...
Possibly the bestvalue wine on the planet. This is a fairly full-bodied Fino, with sappy fruitand a saline whiff. It's made by Sanchez Romate in Jerez and is perfect for thedinner table where it will match ham, cheese, fish and many other tapas.
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- Andy Cronshaw

Manchester Evening News

One of the best valuewines you can buy.

- Andy Cronshaw

Times of Tunbridge Wells

Sherry's one of thegreatest wines in the world, and a personal favourite. With green applesspliced with sourdough, iodine and hints of smoke and jasmine, this tangytextbook lowish-acid fino is simply...
Sherry's one of thegreatest wines in the world, and a personal favourite. With green applesspliced with sourdough, iodine and hints of smoke and jasmine, this tangytextbook lowish-acid fino is simply dazzling. Try it with green olives, jamoniberico, salted almonds, Manchego, oysters, exqueixada, paella, tortilla,gazpacho, mezze/tapas, anchovies, fish curry, fritto misto, smoked salmon,sashimi, vinaigrette-laden salads and ratatouille! Refined and appetising, it'sbuilt for an Adonis cocktail (a lighter interpretation of the Manhattan).
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- James Viner

midweekwines.co.uk

Another terrific winethat rightfully secured a place on [the International Wine Challenge GreatValue] list is a sherry from The Wine Society that will delight even thoseharbouring a few doubts about...
Another terrific winethat rightfully secured a place on [the International Wine Challenge GreatValue] list is a sherry from The Wine Society that will delight even thoseharbouring a few doubts about sherry.
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- Brian Elliott

Liverpool Echo

… for those of youwho love a sherry with all the freshness of apple crispness, then The Society'sFino is a great buy.

- Jane Clare

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">Sherry still sailsunder the radar, but tapas bars are attracting a new hipster crowd who droolover the likes of [this wine], a glorious, fresh brown bread of a dry sherry,only £6.95. - </font></span>
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Jane MacQuitty

midweekwines.co.uk

<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">Often the last cornerof the wine universe that newcomers fall in love with is sherry – especiallyversions at the driest end of the spectrum but here is fino with suchdelightful balance and complexity that it (deservedly) secured an IWC goldmedal.<br></font><font color="#000000">Soft and smooth, The Society’s Fino has apple and dried fruit flavoursskilfully integrated into a nutty background that also contains subtle hints ofyeast. - </font></span>
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Brian Elliott

The Mail on Sunday

Brilliance in abottle. Serve chilled with green olives.

- Olly Smith

The Mail on Sunday

Best buy for Sherry.

- Olly Smith

Times of Tunbridge Wells

Fino sherries, made from early ripening, relativelylow-acid/high-yielding/large palomino grapes in water-retentive, predominantlylimestone-rich, chalky, milky-white 'albariza' soils, are...
Fino sherries, made from early ripening, relativelylow-acid/high-yielding/large palomino grapes in water-retentive, predominantlylimestone-rich, chalky, milky-white 'albariza' soils, are pale-golden,delicate, palate-reviving and bone dry. With a pungent bouquet redolent ofgreen apples, freshly baked sourdough crust, yeast and salted almonds, thisarabesque of a Fino tingles with life and spins on the palate with effortlesscharm. The archetypal aperitif, it's just the ticket for seafood, shellfish, smokedsalmon, sashimi, olives and fish and chips. Epic value given that this is 75cl!
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- James Viner

Daily Express

This award-winningSherry must be one of the best value around. It's crisp and dry with asatisfying finish. Made by independent producer Sánchez Romate - producingSherries for more than a century...
This award-winningSherry must be one of the best value around. It's crisp and dry with asatisfying finish. Made by independent producer Sánchez Romate - producingSherries for more than a century - it is shipped in small quantities toguarantee freshness. Serve chilled with smoked salmon, olives or almonds tobring out its apple-like tones.
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- Matt Nixson

Metro

Anyone seeking a lip-smacking aperitif as we slide into spring, look no further. Fino is the lightest sherry style, produced from palomino grapes, aged under a blanket of yeast called...
Anyone seeking a lip-smacking aperitif as we slide into spring, look no further. Fino is the lightest sherry style, produced from palomino grapes, aged under a blanket of yeast called 'flor'. Stay with me. Like sipping a glass of morning sea-air, this bone-dry style rocks with a salted almond pairing. Made for intense chilling, this is a bargain and should be picked up by the barrel-load. 
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- Rob Buckhaven

Sussex Express

My other favouritestyle is the bone dry Fino, with its unmistakeable, bready, yeasty aroma fromthe flor – a naturally occurring yeast which grows on the top of the maturingbarrels of sherry,...
My other favouritestyle is the bone dry Fino, with its unmistakeable, bready, yeasty aroma fromthe flor – a naturally occurring yeast which grows on the top of the maturingbarrels of sherry, imparting a unique flavour and keeping the colour pale.Intensely aromatic and deep flavoured, it is a transformation of the ratherordinary palomino grape variety from which it is made. Fabulous with smokedsalmon, anchovies or grilled garlic prawns. The Wine Society has an excellentexample from the house of Sánchez Romate at the unbelievably reasonable priceof £6.95.
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- Richard Esling

Rotherham and South Yorkshire Advertiser

Terrific value. Crisp, bready, appley and dry.

- David Clay

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