A fine rare wine, which combines the pure tangy nuttiness of Amontillado with the smooth smoky richness of Oloroso in an elegant complex style.
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
Grapes are sourced from the Jerez district.
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 the wines.
NV: "Elegant, lifted aromas of aged flor and raisin, opening onto a palate of harmony, spice and layered balance. A truly haunting and bewitching wine"; "Another year, another International Trophy for Fernando de Castilla. What a reputation this bodega is forging for itself. Last year it was its Amontillado that wowed our judges; this time around, the Palo Cortado has repeated the trick with aplomb." Judges Comments, Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
NV: "Roasted hazelnuts mix nicely with buttery vanilla notes and butterscotch. A superbly harmonious blend of caramel, salt and acidity on an intense palate. 'Spicy, nutty, rich and warm' said Gearoid Devaney." "Fernando de Castilla ....has been stunning tasters at this event for the past three years, and its haul of three Golds was testament to the brilliance of its portfolio" Sommelier Wine
Awards 2010, Judges comments
NV: "Attractive spicebox and slivered almond nuances. The finish is intense and very long, with warm tree bark scents."' IWC 2004, Judges Comments
NV: "A rare style of sherry has won Best Wine of Show at this year's New Wave Spanish Wine Awards. Antique Palo Cortado from producer Fernando de Castilla was described by Peter McCombie MW as 'rich and heady with alluring complex aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, toffee and lanolin. Gloriously rich and smooth yet quite dry'. The Palo Cortado also won a trophy for Best Dry Sherry." OLN, 3rd July 2009
NV: "is medium amber coloured, very complex aromatically, with excellent concentration and length. If you are interested in high quality, luxury Sherries, this is a good place to start. 92 points." The Wine Advocate, Issue 175, 29th February 2008
NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2010 - Gold list