Monday, 18 March 2019

Harveys Fino 15% Bodegas Fundador

Pale to medium strawy gold with bright golden highlights.
Fresh and fairly crisp with a notable aroma of flor, bread dough and bitter almonds with just a hint of damp barrels, apple fruit and garden herbs in the background. It appears to have much youthful vitality yet has a little more complexity behind making it interesting and attractive.
It begins with a certain crispness and then opens out a bit offering at least a little of the weight one expects from the Macharnudo. There are lots of attractive yeasty flor notes giving gentle bitterness while acidity is moderate and it has the dry chalky texture of albariza. Perhaps 4 to 5 years old it is clean and refreshing and reasonably long.
This Fino comes from grapes grown in the firm´s own vineyards in the pago Macharnudo and from a solera established in 1953. Unfortunately the Harveys range has been messed about with somewhat over recent years, mostly as a result of corporate takeovers, and so promotion of the products - which were once world famous - seems to have fallen by the wayside. Emperador who own Fundador seem more interested in Brandy than Sherry. Anyway, the range this wine belongs to consists of Fino, Amontillado, Palo Cortado, Oloroso and PX, yet for some reason (presumably?) only the Fino can be found on the website (with a different label) along with the VORS and Bristol Cream.
7.50 euros per 50cl

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