Emu Sherry - what gives?
My wife, and occasionally myself, enjoy a glass of dry sherry. In Toronto we had a decent selection to choose from but since moving to a small town felt lucky to have Alvear's Fino stocked at our local LCBO.
So today, it was with some pleasure that I saw the familiar Emu Fino bottle which we used to buy occasionally. It's decent and considerably less than Alvear's so I decided to get Oz product instead.
Well, it's no longer Sherry. The Australians have abandoned the contolled name and all their Sherry types are now known as "Apera" - a play on apperitif. I'm more than okay with that and applaud the move.
However, on the back, I find, "Contains: Milk, Eggs, Fish..." which set me back.
Surely those ingredients part of a process, a filtering coagulant perhaps? Can someone enlarge on this?
"Winemakers can use several different fining agents. They include gelatin and sturgeon bladder, as you mention, as well as egg whites, milk casein, seaweed and clay. Technically, no trace of these fining agents should remain in the finished wine, but as a safety precaution, some countries require allergen labeling that indicates traces may remain if the product was used in fining wines."