One of the most keenly anticipated releases of the year has landed, the 2018 bottling of Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana En Rama.
This seasonal wine is only released when the flor it is at its peak. The result is a wonderful concentration of aroma and flavour.
'En Rama' is a local term used by workers in the Bodega to refer to wine in its unrefined and most natural state. With En Rama there is a longer list of what the winemaker doesn't do rather than what is – there is no stabilisation, no clarification nor any filtering prior to bottling. Hidalgo La Gitana En Rama has been bottled directly from barrel, its as close to tasting straight from the barrel in the Bodega as you can get.
In Matthew Jukes’ words...
Breaking wine news – La Gitana En Rama, one of the most important wine releases of the year happens this week
‘Behind the Label’ – NV La Gitana, En Rama, Manzanilla, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain. The annual release of the special, unfiltered and unfined En Rama version of this legendary Manzanilla sherry arrived in the UK. Select merchants have this wine on their shelves this very weekend, so this write-up is a scoop! There is nothing like the vibrancy and distinction shown by this elite, bone-dry style of wine – it is akin to drinking a Manzanilla straight from the barrel. Matthew Jukes, April 2018
All the best,