Thursday, 19 February 2015

Palo Cortado Antique 20%, Fernando de Castilla

Old-looking light burnished walnut through to a hint of green at the rim, legs.
Full, serious and attractive with a savoury hint, toasted nuts, toasted bread, old barrels, traces of pipe tobacco, old polished furniture, candied orange peel, cinnamon, walnut turrón, dried fruits such as raisin and apricot, clean with a glyceric feel. Not a desperately Amontillado nose - more Oloroso, but lightish and very complex.
Full and slightly drier-feeling than expected from the nose with a hint of tannic grip yet a certain glyceric note along with that cinnamon and some walnut. Quite tangy, very old and laden with character and with a terrifically long clean finish.
An excellent wine - as are all the Antique wines. This is around 30 years old and bottled unfiltered during the winter months (so filtration is not necessary) in lots of 3,000 50cl bottles. It is one of the old Bustamante wines bought by Jan Petterson. These wines can have a hint of sediment, but just ignore it - it is a natural part of a wine which has been treated totally naturally with minimal interference and in no way harms the aroma nor the flavour. Sherry as it should be! 93 Parker Points if you're interested in that sort of thing.
Around £25.00 - 26.00 UK agent Boutinot.

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