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FERNANDO DE CASTILLA CLASSIC FINO

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FERNANDO DE CASTILLA CLASSIC FINOCork

A lovely aperitif, this is top quality, bone dry sherry without a hefty price.

Jerez, Spain
Non Vintage
15% ABV.
100% Palomino Fino
75cl

£11.95

Price includes VAT

Tasting note:

Pale in colour with just a hint of straw yellow at the rim this sherry is powerful and acute nose, yet aromatic, intriguing and inviting. This sherry is bone dry, with a sharp, nutty and very elegant palate and a long lingering finish. 

About the wine:

The grapes for this Fino are selected from Fernando de Castilla's partner vineyards in the Jerez region of southern Spain. Picked in early September, this Fino is made from the first pressing of the grapes, giving a light, refreshing sherry.

Fermentation takes place at relatively high temperatures to reduce fruit flavour. This makes a very neutral wine which is perfect for the production of sherry.

The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation then in the February after harvest the wine is fortified with grape brandy up to 15% abv. At this stage the wine is then added to the youngest Criadera in the Solera. The wine then begins its ageing process under flor. Only 20% of finished wine can be removed from the Solera in one year. The average age of the Fino solera is 4-4.5 years old.

About the producer:

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 impressive. The Antique Palo Cortado was awarded 'Best Dry Fortified Trophy' at the 2011 New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, whilst the Antique Amontillado scooped the trophy for ‘Dry Fortified over £10’ at the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards.

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