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.
Very pure and classic attributes, fine polished and beautifully crafted. Quite earthy and masculine. Very dry and aromatic with walnut, spices and orange peel notes.
NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2009 - Critics Choice and Gold List (Fernando de Castilla took 2 out of the 4 Golds for fortifieds in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2009)
NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2008 - Critics Choice and Gold List
NV: New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2008 - 'Top 124' wines
NV: IWC 2008 - Silver and Best Sherry Trophy
NV: New Wave Spanish Wine Awards 2007 - 'Top 106' wines