Contains all the drama and intensity you would expect from a 20 year old plus, 500g/l sugar PX, and you can drink it too. There is coffee, liquorice, sweet tobacco, prunes, figs, raisins, tea and a dozen other fleeting scents with a surprising lightness and delicacy. An incredible, seductive, luscious and wonderful to drink sherry.
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.
In the Vineyard
Pedro Ximnez grapes are harvested and dried for up to 2 days in the hot September Spanish sun.
In the Winery
Fernando de Castilla deals only in prestigious, premium wines. The sherries are all from individual soleras. They are bottled without blending, cold stabilization or filtration of any kind in order to preserve the subtlety, purity and distinctive aromas of these premium wines. The products are all bottled in clear glass to show off the wonderful colour of these wines. After fortification ageing takes place in a solera system. The initial wine has a sugar content of around 300 grammes per litre and is very concentrated. Having spent a long period, around 20-30 years, in barrels the final sugar content of the Antique PX is around 450 g per litre and the colour has developed over a period from a dark mahogany into an intense black.
NV: "Smooth & supple , intense yet fresh and marvellously balanced." International Wine Challenge 2012
NV: "A true head-turner, the panel could have stayed all week with this one. Fig jam, nuts, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, toffee, dates, figs, coffee the descriptors go on and on. 'Great balance between the sweet fruit and the accompanying acidity. Great for sticky toffee pudding,' said Irina Atanasova, Madison. 'Richly raisined, with sweet, intense unctuous texture and a delicious lipsmacking freshness,' said a happy Peter McCombie MW. Price quoted is for a 50cl bottle." International Wine Challenge 2012 "The Antique wines are a well-chosen selection. The PX has all the typical nctuous viscosity of the style, bright with fruitcake and cold tea flavours. At 20 years of age, it appears refreshingly well-balanced." Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter, December 2010
- SUMMARY - Review by Katherine McKellar, SALE