Barren Sands Palomino 2018

(2021) Only 960 bottles of this Palomino were produced, from a vineyard planted in 1978 on sandy soils close to the town of Paternoster on the coast north of Swartland. The wine was aged in French oak barrels but, making much more impact on the wine, it was matured under flor, which is fitting given Palomino is the main grape of Sherry. It is not fortified though, with just 10.5% abv. Dry, immediately salty and lightly sherried, the nose has straw, lemon and apple, the super-dry palate gently nutty, a faint chamomile hint, and loads of streaking, pithy citrus. Unusual, complex, it is subtle but excellent. Watch the video for more information.

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