Viños MAR 7 is found in the heart of Sanlúcar de Barrameda and is run by María José Romero, who recalls her most memorable sherry moments as having been over a glass of Manzanilla with her father, “a pharmacist by profession but a winemaker by devotion”.
Her biodynamically farmed vineyard dates from 1820 and is in an enviable position with exceptional microclimatic conditions. María created MAR 7 in honour of her winemaking ancestors. These fortified wines are aged in 80-year-old American oak barrels and see no additions during production.
Amontillado as a style is in simple terms an aged Fino sherry, so much darker and nuttier but still dry and with that recognisable salinity. Contrary to perceptions, sherry is a very versatile food wine and amontillado is really excellent with a range of foods including seafood and meat dishes.
María's Amontillado is aged in solera for approximately 15 years. It is gorgeous amber in colour with intense aromas, nutty and peppery to taste with hints of caramel. She recommends having it with a plate of cheese or red meat.