Saturday, 12 July 2014
Amontillado Muy Viejo del Principe 18.5%, Real Tesoro
Mid to deep amber, chestnut, legs.
Classic Amontillado, gentle, elegant, fairly light, complex 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.
Again fairly light and very elegant, fresh and clean. More straw and hazelnut notes with that gentle implied sweetness. There are traces 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.
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 now in the same complex as Valdespino, on the outskirts of Jerez. This should not be confused with Barbadillo's Amontillado Principe.
PriceUnfortunately not available in the UK, around 15-20 Euros in Spain.