Why the title of this post?
Well last year in September on our way back to Málaga airport we unsuccessfully tried 3 times to visit Bodegas Delgado thanks in main to a dodgy GPS device.
So what was the solution? Ask our trusted man on the ground Rafa.
“Bodegas Delgado” he says, “I know Javier. No problem”.
So in March 2017, we finally got to visit Bodegas Delgado thanks to Rafa.
On arriving we were greeted by our host for our visit Javier Alvarez, the Manager of Bodegas Delgado. He took us into into the part of the original bodega housing the Oloroso soleras.
The Finos are produced at a lagar in the between Moriles & Puente Genil.
The total annual production for all wine is around 500,000 litres and is made up of a combination of bottles and bag in box.
Javier continued with the tour and uniquely we were taken in a tunnel under the street from one bodega building to another.
Following the tour we adjourned to the Sacristía or Tasting Room with it’s posters from old Montilla-Moriles Cata del Vinos and historic bottlings from Feria de Puente Genil around the room.
Javier also supplied us with the local bread sticks called ochos or eights along with a selection of local sliced meats and delicacies.
We then had the pleasure of sampling a selection of the wines, all made from 100% Pedro Ximénez grapes,.
Here is a selection of what we tasted: –
Fino Segundo Bota
This 15% ABV fino, using grapes from the Moriles Alto, is also exported to El Salvador.
We found this to be saline and not too creamy on the palate. A distictive fino different from what we have tasted previously.
They also bottle 3 other finos all at 15% ABV, Fino Feo and Fino Segun using Moriles Alto grapes and Fino Manolo which uses grapes from right across the region.
Then we were given something that was to literally blow us away.
With 4 to 5 yrs biological ageing then over 50 years of oxidative ageing 21.5%
A very rich, spicy and dry finish. Wow just wow. This is possibly the best Amontillado from Montilla-Moriles we have tried.
With an ABV of 15.7% this has been enhanced with a secret quantity of aged Pedro Ximénez which Javier would not divulge.
This had caramelised nuts on the nose and a similar spiciness to the Amon Amontillado.
Flor de Genil Gran Reserva Vinegar
This is a vinegar from 100% Pedro Ximenez grapes with 8 degress of acidity that has spent 50 years in criadera and solera American oak casks. It is also exported to Japan.
We loved the tasting so much that we bought the Segundo Bota, Amon Amontillado to review at a later date along with the Flor de Genil Gran Reserva vinegar.
A brief history of Bodegas Delgado
Bodegas Delgado is located in Puente Genil, (Córdoba), and its origins date back to 1874. At that time, Don Antonio Delgado Gálvez and his wife, Dona Maria Estrada Pérez, founded the winery from the acquisition of a solera of American oak casks in the present town of Moriles, then called Zapateros.
Moriles, next to the nearby Montilla, gives its name to the Denomination of Origin Montilla-Moriles, whose wines are recognized for the special qualities of their fine and amontillados wines.
The dedication to the business and the extreme care taken in the selection of the best grapes in the region, as well as the excellent qualities of the American oak casks for winemaking, made it possible for the winery to consolidate itself soon as a company Of recognized prestige in the area.
The business initiated by its founder was continued by the heirs, Antonio, Ana, Basilio and Manuel. One of his sons, Manuel, was also a director of an important Chilean wine company. With its incorporation to the family business in 1918, this gave an important boost to the commercial activity of the same.
Shortly after, and after D. Antonio died, in 1933, the company continued its expansion, culminating in 1941 with the conversion to the limited company Delgado Hermanos S.L.
In 1940, new facilities were inaugurated along the road where Puente Genil connected with the town of Aguilar de la Frontera. They were named Lagar de San Antonio and went on to aging the wines. .
Since then the winery has continued to produce wines, always marked by a goal: qualitys. Since 1997 it has been called Bodegas Delgado S.L. and it is now the fourth generation of the Delgado family at the head of it.They prioritize keeping the traditional roots in the development of their wines, but are open to trying that to incorporate modern techniques, as long as they don’t affect the quality.
We’d like to thank Javier for his time and generous hospitality and Rafa for navigating us to the bodega.