DO Jerez, Gutiérrez Colosía
The place of origin of this dry picture book Oloroso is closely linked to the story of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of America. His journeys started from the harbour of Puerto Maria. Whether he had Oloroso on board is uncertain. But Columbus would certainly have enjoyed it. The dry Oloroso smells of roasted walnuts and dried grapes. The palate is fully lined with its high melting point and elegance, with aromas of prunes, walnuts, caramel, roasted coconut and some chocolate. It has an incredibly long aftertaste. With its complexity, body and aroma it is pefect to be served with a beef tenderloin. Be brave!
Spain – Variety and perfection
“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.
The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.
The knight of the grapes
In its native Andalusia, this white autochthonous variety occupies over 90% of the vineyard area. Worldwide, around 60,000 hectares are planted with Palomino. It can also be found in South Africa, France, Argentina, Australia, the United States (California), New Zealand and Cyprus.
Its clusters grow astonishingly large, and can reach a weight of over two kilograms. The golden berries are quite resistant to pressure and extremely aromatic, which is why Palomino are also sold as table grapes.
Its name derives from the Spanish knight Palomino, who became famous in the 13th century in the service of King Alfonso X for his performance as a fighter.