Fernando de Castilla Antique Oloroso 50cl
- Palomino Fino
- Aromatic and dry with flavours of nuts and orange.
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- Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla
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- One of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in
1999 by Jan Pettersen - a Norwegian with a passion for top quality sherry, and 15 years experience at Osborne.
After taking over the cellars of the Sherry shipper Jose Bustamante, located next door to the main facilities of
Fernando de Castilla, Jan quickly established Fernando de Castilla as masters of the production and ageing of
fine, unblended, untreated Sherries. The bodega's reputation is based on the excellence of the Antique range
of intensely pure and complex single solera Sherries whose award winning packaging makes them even more
Aromatic and dry with flavours of nuts and orange. This is concentrated and intense with further flavours of caramel, treacle and dried fruits. Very long finish.
Oloroso typically comes from the second pressing
of the grapes or the coarser wines. This wine does
not spend any of its life under flor and is fortified in
the February after harvest to 18% abv. This is then
added to the first Criadera of the Oloroso Solera.
The Antique Oloroso is bottled without blending,
cold stabilization or filtration of any kind in order to
preserve the subtlety, purity and distinctive aromas.
On average this wine is 20 years old
- "Tangy and complex, with notes of coffee,
toffee, tobacco, bitter caramel, orange peel,
walnuts, hazelnuts" "bags of character, this is well
balanced with a lingering finish" Sommelier Wine
Awards 2014, Judges Comments
" ...open and expressive in the nose, with a
predominant note of hazelnuts and varnished wood,
a sweet touch of spices, brandy filled chocolates
and orange rind. The perfectly balanced palate
shows intense, clean, pure flavors and great length.
95 points." Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate
#208, 29th August 2013
"Sweet caramel aromas. Elegantly fresh, fine
and stylish. Great length." International Wine
NV: " A wonderfully aromatic, bone-dry sherry with
coffee, caramel and dates on the nose. 'Very
complete and multi-layered,' said Angus Macnab.
'Really clean, with a lovely throat grip, very fine flor
character and elegance,' said Angela Reddin."
Sommelier Wine Awards 2011, Judges Comments
"If anything exemplifies why sherry deserves
the renaissance some say it is currently
experiencing, this is it. Master of flor management,
Fernando de Castilla has done it again, producing
the bottle every judge wants to squirrel away, with
its enchanting nose, exceptionally complex yet
complete mix of coffee, nuts and dried fruit, and
delightfully dry finish." Sommelier Wine Awards
2011, Judges Comments
"Mellow, yet developed, with aromas of toffee
and grilled hazelnuts. Intense and rich, with
fabulous concentration of sous-bois and truffle, yet
still fresh with great balance and an evolving finish.
Fabulous with cheese, savoury soup or pata
negra." "....there were bright jewels everywhere you
looked here....to the sheer magnificence of the
Fernando de Castilla sherries." "The wine that
started the whole Critics' Choice phenomenon does
it again this year. This is simply spectacularly good
oloroso sherry that ought to be a must-stock for any
decent wine list. Rich, intense, flavoursome,
complex and beautifully balanced, with flavours of
sous-bois, truffle, toffee and hazelnuts. An absolute
star." Sommelier Wine Awards 2009, Judges
"amber/orange with aromas and flavours of dry
orange marmalade. It has exceptional length. 93
points." The Wine Advocate Issue 178, 29th
"Ex-Osborne Export Director Jan Pettersen's
renovated bodega produces premium sherry in theold style, from individual soleras, bottled without
blending, cold stabilisation or filtering of any kind.
Suitable for vegetarians. Pale orange colour. Nutty
nose yet very light and appetizing. Lots of rancio.
Really interesting wine -a light, tangy Oloroso. Go
for it! And serve with consommé or cheese. 16.5.
Drink 2008 - 11." Jancis Robinson, October 2008
"Spectacularly good dry oloroso sherry that
genuinely takes the breath away. This ought to be a
must-stock on any serious wine list and should be
handsold to anyone who claims the dont like sherry.
Utterly, utterly brilliant." Sommelier Wine Awards
2008, Judges Comments
- Gold Medal Winner International Wine Challenge 2012
Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 - Gold
Wines from Spain Awards 2013 - 'Top 107'
Wine: Best Dry Fortified
The Drinks Business 'Fortified Masters 2013'
competition - Gold
IWSC 2013 - Silver
Wines from Spain Awards - Top 110 Wines
International Wine Challenge 2012 - Gold
Decanter 2012 - Bronze
New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2011 - Top
International Wine & Spirit Competition2011 - Silver
Sommelier Wine Awards 2011 - Gold and
Critics Choice award
Sommelier Wine Awards 2009 - Gold and
Critics Choice award(Fernando de Castilla took 2
out of the 4 Golds for fortifieds in the Sommelier
Wine Awards 2009) Sommelier Wine Awards 2008 - Gold and
Critics Choice award
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- Food match:
Perfect with hard cheeses or cold meats.
Complements a good cigar.
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