Aurora Amontillado Jerez

Region: Spain - Andulucia


Sanlúcar native Francisco (Paco) Yuste has been a true lover of Manzanilla his entire life.

In 1991, after building a successful beverage distributorship in the provinces of Cádiz and Córdoba, he purchased the historic Bodega Santa Ana in Sanlúcar’s Barrio Bajo. The purchase included a centenarian “solera” and Paco began operation as an “almacenista.”

In 2001 he added Bodega Los Ángeles in the Barrio Alto, restoring it to Manzanilla production and using it to refresh his “criaderas” at Santa Ana. Bodega Miraflores, founded in 1956, was acquired in 2010 to serve as production base. The acquisition of the classic Aurora brand in 2015 was followed in 2016 by the purchase of Herederos de Argüeso with its famous Manzanilla, San León.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Vineyards in D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry.

  • Soil: Chalky white Albariza
Harvest Notes
  • Wine ages biologically under veil of flor yeast in old 500 liter oak butts
  • Flor begins to weaken and lose its protection
  • Oxidative aging for a long, slow period for total of about 20 years
  • Bottled from the third criadera of the Conde de Aldama solera in Bodega Los Ángeles (Barrio Alto)
Winemaker's Notes

An authentic Amontillado produced from fine Manzanilla, dry and deeply golden in color. Clearly reminiscent of its late Manzanilla stages with salt air on the nose. Aging has rounded the palate naturally, balanced and long with salt brine lingering throughout the impressively clean finish.

Wine Summary

100% Palomino; alcohol: 19%; vineyards in D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry; chalky white Albariza soils; wine aged biologically under veil of flor in 500L old oak butts; flor weakens and long, slow period of oxidative aging for about 20 years; bottled from the third criadera of the Conde de Aldama solera in Bodega Los Ángeles (Barrio Alto).

Technical Information
  • 100% Palomino
  • Alcohol: 19%


17.5 Points

Golden brown. Caramelised walnuts on the nose. So tangy it is almost bitter. Intense, essence of Amontillado. Tastes dry and almost savoury/bitter in its freshness. Very long. Aftertaste of bitter-orange marmalade, the brown sort.

JancisRobinson.com, May, 2019

92 Points

At first sip, this feels buttery, with aromas of toasted nuts and sweet spices. Little by little, the flavors head toward a drier place, the wine becoming less aromatic with air, but more structured. It ends up feeling austere, vertical, powerful, the sort of Sherry to drink with sea urchins.

Wine and Spirits, October, 2017

General Info

APPELLATION D.O. Manzanilla de Sanlucar de Barrameda
PROPRIETORS Francisco (Paco) Yuste
WINEMAKER Francisco (Paco) Yuste