Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana - "Triana" - Pedro Ximénez NV (500ml)
The origins of Hidalgo La Gitana go back to 1792, when José Pantaleón Hidalgo bought from his father-in-law, Roque Vejarano, a small storage winery in Sanlúcar de Barrameda's Barrio Bajo, close to the river Guadalquivir. It was José's son, Eduardo, who first launched Hidalgo as a top producer in Sanlúcar. The name, La Gitana, comes from an anonymous gypsy woman used to sell Hidalgo’s wine at her bar, locally known as “el vino de la gitana." When the winery started to sell the wine in bottle in the early part of the 20th century, Hidalgo not only maintained the name but also illustrated the label with the image of a gypsy woman, based on a painting that still hangs in the winery’s offices.
The house remains independent and family-owned: Today, the eighth-generation is at the helm of this historic Bodega. Hidalgo La Gitana relies entirely on its own vineyards in two of the best pagos of the region: Balbaína — in between the sea and Jerez — and Miraflores, the great Sanlúcar vineyard. They own almost 200 hectares of vines, all organically farmed.
The Triana from Hidalgo La Gitana is made from 100% Pedro Ximinez grapes that have been harvested at high sugar levels and left to dry in the sun on straw mats. After, the grapes are fermented, fortified and aged in solera for between six and twenty years. Deep, opaque mahogany color with a green rim. The nose is powerful, showing notes of dried fruits, raisins, figs, toffee and nuts. The palate is dense and lusciously sweet with flavors of dates, prunes, rasins and ripe stone fruits that lead into a long and powerful finish. An exceptional PX and great way to finish a meal.