Fernando de Castilla Solera Reserva Brandy is the colour of old mahogany and shows clean fruity and elegant aromas. The palate has a surprisingly soft texture and balanced and harmonious nuances of flavour.
One of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in 1999 by Jan Pettersen, a Norwegian gone native with a passion for top quality sherry with 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 trophies for Best of Show and Best Dry Sherry at the 2009 New Wave Spanish Wine Awards, whilst the Antique Amontillado scooped the trophy for Dry Sherry over 10 and the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards.
In the Vineyard
Produced in the Jerez region of Andalusia, Spain.
In the Winery
Pot still distillates are aged in barrels that have previously contained old Oloroso and Amontillado sherries. The ageing process is done using the traditional system of soleras and criaderas. For the Solera Reserva, ageing is for 1 year in new American oak, and 5 years in sherry casks - so a total of 6 years ageing.
NV: "...well worth seeking out are the brandies (of Fernando de Castilla), which will forever silence any critic of this Spanish spirit." Decanter Magazine, October 2010
Savour after dinner, or enjoy with the cheese course.
- excelent - Review by robert shingler, HARLOW