Barbadillo – Oloroso Sherry (18%)



Barbadillo is based in the south of Spain (Cadiz), the winery enjoys high temperatures in the summer and is cooled by a predominantly easterly breeze.

The history dates back to 1821, the year the family began to make manzanilla. With 500 hectares of its own vineyards, 16 ageing cellars in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and a wine-producing plant for both white and red grapes, Bodegas Barbadillo is one of the largest wineries within the Jerez region. The winery has a barrel cellar capable of holding 31800 butts and produces around 13 million liters of wine a year.

This is my first review of a sherry so here goes….


I poured the sherry in to a long necked wine glass and left for five minutes to develop. The sherry is a red/amber colour. On rolling around the glass the sherry is oily and leaves long legs on the inside of the glass.

The nose is heavy with raisin, nuts, vanilla and soft spices. This is followed by fresher citrus hints and notes of dried herbs. It almost reminds me of a Christmas cake.

The flavour arrives with notes of nut, red berry (strawberry & red currant) followed by dried fruit and soft citrus notes. The middle of the taste has hits of spice, vanilla and soft woody bitterness in the background. The end of the taste is dry with notes of fresh herb.

The finish is dry and lingers with notes of dried fruit and citrus.

The sherry is fantastic for beginners, (like me) and would be well worth checking out at under £10 for a bottle.

I picked this up from The Whisky Shop, Dufftown and should you get the chance it’s well worth picking up!