Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Oloroso Viejísimo Singular 22%, Fernando de Castilla

Beautiful bright limpid polished mahogany with copper glints, fading through amber to a hint of green at the rim.
Exquisite, intense, forthcoming and highly aromatic, a real bouquet, something which can only come from age. It is extremely elegant with beautifully integrated notes of walnut, and toasted almond and bread, traces of orange peel, dried fruits, the faintest hint of cinnamon and subtle hints of oak along with the exotic woods one might encounter in a carpenter´s workshop or an antique furniture shop.
Intensely flavoured, finely honed and very fresh, the sweeter elements are balanced by volatile acidity and remarkably restrained oak tannin for such an old wine. It has a lovely synthesis of nuts and dried fruit with a faint caramel sweetness giving it padding and rounding it off yet the finish is dry and almost interminable. An unforgettable wine.
This rare and fabulous old wine proves once again that there are still treasures to be found in Jerez but certainly not in large quantity - there are only 600 numbered half bottles of this saca, bottled in December 2018. It comes from three butts purchased from the private bodega of a prominent Jerez family and the wine, which had probably been ageing statically for many years, is somewhere close to 100 years old. The family had only used it for the occasional family celebrations until they decided to sell it in 2015 as they were re-modelling their house. The wine is a classic "vino de pañuelo", a wine so aromatic a gentleman would put some on the handkerchief in his top pocket in place of some other fragrance. Of course it is not cheap, but where else than Jerez could you find a 100 year old wine in such exceptional condition?
175.45 per ½ bott. La Tienda del Jerez


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