A Brief Introduction
Fino is a dry white wine made from palomino grapes, which, as is the case with Manzanilla, is aged under a layer of yeasts which make up the veil of flor. It is stored and aged in American oak butts using the traditional solera y criaderas system in the bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera and El Puerto de Santa María.
Ranging from bright straw yellow to pale gold in colour. A sharp, delicate bouquet slightly reminiscent of almonds with a hint of fresh dough and wild herbs. Light, dry and delicate on the palate leaving a pleasant, fresh aftertaste of almonds.
Did You Know?
Fino wine has the extraordinary ability to stimulate taste buds. Due to this, it's an ideal aperitif for preparing the palate to better enjoy food. Additionally, the savoury nature of this type of Sherry intensifies all flavors in a dish; as such, any food is better understood if it's accompanied by a glass of Fino.
Production and Ageing
Fino sherry is derived from the total fermentation of palomino grape must. The base wine thus obtained is fortified to 15% of alcohol by volume with the aim of favouring the development of the film of Flor, the natural protection made up of yeasts which will prevent the wine oxidizing during the ageing process whilst at the same time providing certain very special organoleptic characteristics.
The biological ageing process has a duration of at least two years and is carried out inside casks of American oak-wood by means of the traditional criaderas and solera system.
Fino & Gastronomy
It is an ideal aperitif wine and goes well with all types of tapa, especially olives, nuts and Iberian cured ham.
Also providing the perfect companion for shellfish and fish, especially those with a marked salty taste (anchovies) or even raw (sashimi).
Its low acetic acid content combines exceptionally well with dishes of marked acidity (vinaigrette salads, marinades, etc.) as well as with cold soups (gazpacho, ajo blanco, etc.).
Fino quick reference
- Alcoholic content between 15 y 18% vol. (generally, 15% vol.)
- Sugar < 5 gr. / litre (usually < 1 gr. / litre)
- Total Acidity (tartaric) 3 - 5 gr. / litre
- Volatile Acidity (acetic) <0,25 gr. / litre
- Very Low In Glycerine Content < 2 gr. / litre