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La Gitana En Rama
2022 release


As well as winning a Gold Medal in the 2022 IWC competition, Bodegas Hidalgo En Rama has also won the ‘Manzanilla En Rama’ trophy. With a score of 96 points, judges commented: “Classic ripe apple and pear umami and saline almond saltiness. Finish is fine and elegant”.


“the fresh-as-daisies, natural yeasts, honest and elemental style of Manzanilla. This is a bone dry, palate-invigorating, sharply tangy sherry….”
– Matthew Jukes on the 2020 bottling 
“Notably bready nose and really fresh. Tangier with more obvious acidity than many Manzanillas. Super-clean, racy and sleek. Definitely superior.
– Jancis Robinson MW, 2020 bottling

‘En Rama’ signifies a Sherry that has been bottled almost directly from the barrel, without undergoing the usual processes to prepare a wine for bottling, such as filtering or fining.  This makes the wine more intense and complex. The idea is to taste the Sherry almost as if you had visited the bodega in Spain and dipped your glass into the barrel.

Hidalgo produces the definitive Manzanilla as far as I'm concerned. La Gitana En Rama is only available twice per year, when the flor permits. Dry Sherries such as this have seen a resurgence in popularity and the tiny amount of this one that is bottled quickly sells out to those in the know.

ETA mid-July

2022 La Gitana En Rama

£65 per 6 Bot Case, in bond 
£99.42 duty & VAT paid

Highly complex aromatics of sea spray, struck flint, Nori seaweed, and fragrant jasmine. Yuzu and green almonds follow. Vibrant orange and pomelo zest burst onto the vibrant palate, with an underlying core of ripe pear and peach stone. This is one of those wines which has many of the characteristics of a sweet wine, whilst remaining bone dry. There’s surprising richness and flesh. A sensation of honey and ripe apricot, with counterpoint salinity. Great length and thoroughly stimulating to the last.
Simon Quinn, VinQuinn


Bodegas Hidalgo – La Gitana

  • Established in 1792 making it the 9th oldest company in Spain and the 3rd oldest sherry Bodega. Hidalgo is now owned and run by the 8th generation – Luis, Antonio, Juan and Fermin Hidalgo.
  • There are two markers of quality for a sherry – terroir of the vineyard but also terroir of the bodega and where it is. Hidalgo is located in Barrio Bajo, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, which is only 300m away from the sea and several bodies of water. This means a high level of humidity (higher than in Jerez) which is great for the flor and means finer sherries.
  • Bodegas Hidalgo have 2 permanent coopers to repair their casks, some of which are more than 150 years old.
  • They own 100% of their vineyards which is very rare for the region and means complete control of quality.
  • Albariza soils – marine sedimentary. Very chalky, 50-80% limestone
Bodegas Hidalgo En Rama Manzanilla
  • ‘Rama’ means ‘branch’ in Spanish – and En rama would be translated as on the vine or figuratively ‘raw’ – in its natural state, straight from the cask
  • It comes from the same vineyard as la Gitana – Miraflores
  • La Gitana En Rama is produced only from free run juice without any pressure being exerted.
  • 2 years longer in solera than la Gitana (8 years in total) - old American oak casks, under a layer “flor” formed by the yeasts.
  • Taken from best barrels in San Luis winery
  • Most houses use the same wine for their En Rama as their Manzanilla/Fino, but Hidalgo specially select 35 casks of wine for their En Rama


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