Don Fino Sherry


Sandeman Jerez

The House of Sandeman was founded in London in 1790 by George Sandeman,...

a young Scot from Perth. Specialising in wines from Porto and Jerez, Sandeman was the first company to brand its name on a cask with a hot iron in 1805 and was one of the first to label and advertise its wines. The ‘Sandeman Don’ is one of the world's first ever brand images and the first major icon in the wine world, painted in 1928 by George Massiot Brown. The cape was modelled on the attire worn by university students in Porto, while the wide-brimmed hat was a nod to the family’s presence in Jerez. Although the brand is primarily associated with Port wines, they have been fully committed to sherry since George Sandeman first set up an office in Cádiz in 1809. Today, Sandeman concentrates its efforts in Jerez on the production of a handful of premium quality old solera sherries which have become known as masterpieces of the style.

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The Don Fino is produced from Palomino grapes grown in Sandeman's own vineyards located in the best areas of the Jerez demarcated region. Only vines with a lifespan of 30 years or more survive in this hot, arid climate where temperatures routinely rise to 38°C - their old root systems are capable of seeking out water several metres underground. The ‘albariza’ soils here are composed of 80% chalk as well as some magnesium and clay. Channels are often dug into the soil between the vines to capture and retain rainwater. This soil type is especially good for growing grapes destined for Fino sherry – the palest, lightest and driest of sherries.


The Palomino grapes are fermented into a dry base wine before being fortified to 15% and entering the Solera system. Here, a thick layer of flor yeast develops on the surface of the wine, protecting it from oxygen and allowing the wine to age biologically for a minimum of five years.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw yellow colour, with shades of green and gold. On the nose, there is a bright, aromatic and pungent aroma reflecting the influence of flor yeast – a lightly saline character with notes of bread dough, almonds, olives and dried apples. The wine is dry and fresh on the palate, with a crisp and persistently savoury finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 100% Palomino
Region Jerez
Winemaker Jose Moreno Silvetti
Alcohol (ABV) 15%
Acidity 3.3g/l
Residual Sugar 2.3g/l
Wine pH 3