This sherry vinegar is produced by a family-run company in Jerez, Spain. Joaquin’s family has been making sherry vinegar in Jerez for 4 generations. A trained winemaker and cellarmaster, Joaquin recently took over the business from his father. El Majuelo is known as one of the top artisan sherry producers in the region. Most are produced using the Palomino grape. The regular sherry vinegar is aged for a minimum of 6 months in wood barrels before bottling while the Reserva is kept for a minimum of 2 years in wood.
|SHELF LIFE||4 years|
|FLAVOR||Complex, with notes of fig, almond and oak balanced by slight acidity.|
|KEY POINTS||Elegant, complex vinegar that’s a wonderful alternative to balsamic.|
El Majuelo is known as one of the top artisan sherry producers in the region. Joaquin’s family has been making sherry vinegar in Jerez, Spain for 4 generations. A trained winemaker and cellarmaster, he recently took over the business from his father.
Sherry vinegar is made from Sherry wines (100% Palomina Fina), using the traditional criaderas
and soleras process of transferring vinegars from barrel to barrel over a period of many years, and giving the vinegar its unique character. Acetic fermentation converts alcohol to vinegar as it ages slowly in American Oak barrels. The barrels are aligned in three or four levels making a series of steps. The lowest barrel contains the oldest vinegar and is called solera, as it is nearest floor level or el suelo. The next one up, primera criadera or the first nursery, contains a younger vinegar. The top barrel, known as the seconda criadera or the second nursery. contains the youngest vinegar. When the vinegar is ready for consumption it is always extracted from the
solera by means of a process called saca meaning to “take off”. Younger vinegar is then transferred to the bottom row, for the next batch of sherry vinegar. This reserva Sherry Vinegar is aged for a minimum of two years for a complex finish with mellowed acidity.
|SERVING RECS||Use it in vinaigrettes, sauces, atop gazpacho or grilled vegetables.|