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Barbadillo is one of the largest Manzanilla-producing firms in Sanlucar de Barrameda. It was founded in 1821 by Don Benigno Barbadillo y Ortiguela and today it remains family-owned and run with its present head being Don Antonio Barbadillo.
The firm has 16 bodegas located in the centre of Sanlucar and owns vineyards in San Julian, Carrascal, Campiz and Balbaina.
A wide range of Manzanillas are produced, with the Soleo being the most renowned. A small quantity of Amontillados and Olorosos is produced.
Sherry is probably the most under-valued fine wine in the world (very fortunate, as I average a bottle a week – or thereabouts), with levels of complexity and persistence that would command a ten-fold increase in price were they sourced from Bordeaux or Burgundy.
Berry Bros. & Rudd Dry Oloroso has a nose suggestive of something sweet, with its notes of walnuts and dried fruit, so the lack of sweetness on the palate is initially something of a shock. As the layers of flavour unfold in your mouth, this is clearly a very different wine from a more commercial sweetened cream Sherry. In addition to the nuts and raisined-depth, there is a haunting toffee-sweetness on the palate of this dry wine. The finish persists for an age. When to drink this gem: before dinner with some salted almonds or olives works, as does afterwards, with some walnuts. Oloroso is also surprisingly good with robust meat dishes. The oxidative aging on this wine means that, unlike Fino or Manzanilla – which should be consumed within a day or so of opening – this wine will continue to give pleasure for up to a week after first being broached. Martin Hudson MW
Bottle 12 x 75cl72cs