A bright future for Harveys
Harveys is one of the fine old bodegas of the Sherry Triangle, but their most famous product – Harveys Bristol Cream – has hardly been at the forefront of the Sherry Revolution. Changes of ownership, being sold as part of the Domecq portfolio into the Beam Suntory monolith, didn’t help either. But behind the scenes the team have been quietly nurturing some spectacular wines, and wowing the critics with their VORS range. They received the ultimate vindication last month when Harvey’s VORS Amontillado scooped the Champion of Champions award at the International Wine Challenge 2016.
Harveys, along with the rest of the Fundador portfolio, is now part of Emperador. The owner is a self-confessed Brandy de Jerez nut, who so loved Fundador brandy he named his own company in homage to the bodega. New ownership has brought a new energy to the bodega apparently, and at Vinoble they had something exciting to share with the world – a brand new range of sherries.
Only available in Spain at the moment, but apparently soon to reach UK shores, these are very fine sherries in keeping with the Harveys heritage. A Fino of 5 years average age, Amontillado and Oloroso each with 12 years, Palo Cortado with 15 years and a PX of 10 years average ageing. Bottled in an elegant slim format, with modern clean label design, the look and feel challenges our prejudices about Harveys being an old fashioned brand. Not a blue bottle in sight!
In the interests of fairness, and as a service to readers (!) we tasted them all, and the stars were undoubtedly the Amontillado and the Palo Cortado, but I’d give all of them a space in my fridge. These are sherries that remind us of Harveys’ greatness and offer an accessible taste of the magic that goes into that Champion of Champions bottle. So please, Harveys, start selling this in the UK. We’re ready to fall in love with Harveys all over again.