Friday, 25 April 2014

Amontillado Contrabandista 18%, Valdespino

Quite deep reddy amber with slow legs revealing some sweetness.
Fairly full with depth and some age, there is a hint of something maritime harking back to the Fino days, but really it is more about nuts and raisins. Hints of old barrels, PX, hazelnuts and toasted almonds mingle with a slightly smoky note and hints of turron yema tostada. attractive.
The perfect blend of old wine and sweetness, on the dry side of medium, well rounded, generous with touches of almond and walut. Nicely textured and lingering on the palate. Quite a serious wine - a "proper" medium dry!
From grapes grown in the Macharnudo, this wine spends 8 years as a fino before going to a solera established in 1892 for another 8 years of oxidative ageing. Then, a little PX is added (3.5%) to round it off to a medium-dry style. Sold at 15-16 years old, this is certainly among the very best of its style.
Expect to pay around £17 for a 75cl bottle. UK agents: Liberty Wines

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