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The Barbadillo Versos 1891, one of the world’s rarest sherries, is now available in Hong Kong.
Sherry may not be quite as popular as fine French wine is in our fragrant harbour, but fans of fortified wines could do far worse than picking up a bottle of Versos 1891. Produced by Spanish family winemaker Barbadillo, only 100 bottles of this luxury 19th century Amontillado sherry exist, and only 15 have made their way to Hong Kong. The equally luxurious price tag is £8,000 (HK$84,000) per bottle.
The Versos 1891 is offered directly from one of the five casks referred to as Los Niños ('the children's casks') in the Barbadillo family's personal collection. The Versos 1891 was originally a gift to former Barbadillo director, poet and sherry expert, Manuel Barbadillo, by his father as a christening gift in 1891. Aged in a centuries-old American oak cask and kept in the cellars of the Barbadillo winery, located at Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Andalucía, southern Spain, this sherry has gone through generations of winemakers who carefully tended to the wine in order to produce a well-balanced vintage.
The appearance of the Versos 1891 is characterised by deep mahogany colour. On the palate, it has intense nutty, woody and rich driedfruit flavours. Bottled in crystal glass, individually carved and etched with gold, with a hand-painted bottleneck finished with a platinum collar, the bottle is exclusively available in Hong Kong through British wine and spirit merchant Berry Bros & Rudd.