In the spring of 2016 Perez Barquero released the first en rama version of their iconic Gran Barquero Fino.
Unfortunately we did not get to try it but we did get a bottle of their second release in October 2016 which we reviewed here.
The Autumn 2017 saca of Gran Barquero Fino en Rama is a generous wine made from 100% Pedro Ximenez grapes with an ABV of 15% with no fortification.
It is biologically aged under a layer of yeast, velo de flor, in a criadera and solera system using American oak casks for 8 to 10 years.
The ideal serving temperature should be cold at 6 to 8 degrees Celsius.
Perez Barquero Gran Barquero Fino en Rama – Autumn 2017 Saca – Tasted March 8th, 2018
Our first observation is the colour – a dark golden due to nearly 5 months of bottle ageing, having been bottled on Tuesday 17th October, 2017.
Nose: Immediately yeast and salinity but there is a sweetness coming through like red apples and a slight sour note like honeydew melon. Nuttiness in the form of raw almonds.
Palate: A salted almond hit at first with a cardamom like spiciness. Then a woodiness comes through more akin to applewood finishing with lemon grass notes. It certainly has a really dry finish.