Saturday, 12 July 2014

Amontillado Muy Viejo del Principe 18.5%, Real Tesoro

Appearance
Mid to deep amber, chestnut, legs.
Nose
Classic Amontillado, gentle, fairly light and attractive with a certain glyceric sweetness - and yet there's a dry element there too - and lots of hazelnut. It is restrained, refined with traces of straw, dry scrub and turron de yema tostada.
Palate
Again fairly light and very elegant, fresh and clean. More straw and hazelnut notes with that gentle implied sweetness. Traces there of its Fino past in the form of a very slightly saline autolysis balancing well with the oxidative character. On the finish it is long, dry and very satisfying.
Comments
This 93 Parker point wine is made from Macharnudo grapes and is one of the very few fermented in barrel. It is aged as a Fino for about 8 years, then further fortified and put into the Amontillado solera. It is released at around 16 - 18 years old. The old Marques del Real Tesoro firm belongs to Grupo Estevez, and its bodegas are in the same complex as Valdespino, on the outskirts of Jerez. This should not be confused with Barbadillo's Amontillado Principe.
Price
Unfortunately not available in the UK, around 15-20 Euros in Spain.


1 comment:

  1. Hola Paula, una pregunta por favor. Existen dos Amontillados del Príncipe? uno llamado 'muy viejo' y otro simplemente Amontillado? Me pregunto si es la misma solera y simplemente han cambiado la etiqueta. Muchas gracias y un saludo!

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