Today I tasted…. Sibarita VORS Oloroso
Earlier this week I tasted Capuchino – the Palo Cortado from this same range – but I’d been tipped off that Sibarita was the star of the range, so I couldn’t resist making this the final wine of my International Sherry Week daily tastings.
As I wrote in my other tasting note, the soleras from this range have recently changed hands from Domecq to Osborne. The bottle of Sibarita that I managed to get hold of (from Penicuik Wines) was Domecq-bottled, but is now available under the Osborne brand. The labels are exactly the same (apart from the brand name), as is the colour scheme. The Osborne bottles have a round base, where the Domecq ones are square, but that’s the only change you’ll see.
The solera for this wine was laid down in 1792, and the wine is VORS so is an average of 30 years old. So it’s old in two different ways – the wine itself and its origins. It’s 20% ABV.
The wine is a rich brown and very viscous. Looking at it, I expected it be full bodied, and even a little sticky in the mouth, but I was very wrong. More on that in a minute.
On the nose, there are savoury/meaty aromas, along with woodsmoke, treacle toffee and tar/asphalt. It’s a really complex nose, and it took me some time to really isolate and identify the different aromas.
The first mouthful was a big surprise, given its appearance – it was medium-bodied, very dry and incredibly refreshing. Flavours of walnuts, wood shavings and vanilla combined with a really deep savouriness. These flavours developed into a long and persistent finish of caramelised hazelnuts and burnt toffee.
This is another very umami wine, and Stuart and I were imagining how brilliantly it would match with a rich meaty casserole, like a beef Carbonnade a la Flamande. Of course it’s currently June, and even in Scotland that’s a bit heavy for this time of year. That particular match will have to wait for the winter!
One taste of Sibarita and you’re in no doubt that this wine is long-aged – it shines with complexity and long-developed, well-integrated flavours. And yet it’s not a difficult, challenging or ‘niche’ wine. I honestly think I could serve this to anyone who liked a drop of sherry and they’d love it. Not that I’m planning to share it……..