Saturday, 11 April 2015

Classic Oloroso 18%, Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla

Deep Brown mahogany with reddish coppery tints through yellow to slightest trace green at the rim, slow legs.
Forthcoming and deep with savoury walnut notes – even a trace of Marmite - and background hints of wood. There is a certain note of raisiny sweetness and the 18% is noticeable along with traces of autumn leaves. It is a serious full-bodied wine with some age, very Oloroso.
Full, quite big, assertive, yet smooth. Dry and mouthfilling with slightly dank damp barrel and deep walnut flavours along with a very savoury oxidative character. It has a gentle refreshing acidity, good balance and length.
A very good wine, benchmark Oloroso yet with its own style. The Classic rang is the bodega’s entry level at about 8 years old, but as such better than many.
£12,95 from Drinkmonger, UK agents Boutinot

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