Ben says

★★ Great Wine “Wow, what a superb example of Medium sherry. Pours as an immediately attractive golden caramel colour and leads with aromas of dried fruits, nuts, spice and biscuit. A little note of raisins on the palate is backed by rounded, dried fruits and voluptuous texture. If nothing else, this is one very satisfying glass of wine.”

Diatomists Medium Sherry was awarded two stars by Ben Franks Wine


90% Palomino blended with 10% Pedro Ximinez. Aged for a whopping 19 years in singular bota (barrel) with 19.0% abv. The Diatomists concept focuses on grower sherries, with the fruit for this wine grown in Pagos around Jerez de la Frontera before maturing in the Bodegas El Maestro Sierra.

Grown in: Jerez, SPAIN.

Food Pairing

I like to enjoy Medium sherries well chilled as an aperitif as it gets your mouth-watering before a good meal. This sherry would work really well with chicken liver pâté.

Disclosure & Price

Tasted at the London Wine Fair. Find in the UK for circa £17-19 for 37.5cl. (Find on here).

Reviewed and tasted: 07 June 2022

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Diatomists is one of the more exciting ventures I’ve come across. Founded by the trio Antonio from Jerez, George from Oxford, and Tommy from Barcelona, who all have an enviable passion for Jerez and its sherries. They say they select more “floral, fresh and fruit driven wines” than what you might traditionally expect from sherry, and I’ve certainly found their sherries approachable without missing out on complexity and vibrancy. The brand focuses on growers and terroir, especially soil and single sites, and is making a case for quality sherry. A welcome initiative as the category fights against price spiralling in the multiple retailers.