Fernando de Castilla
Fernando de Castilla Classic Pedro Ximénez nv
Spain / Andalucia
Andy's Tasting Notes
Liquid Christmas pud! Raisins, sultanas, dates, figs, nutmeg, clove, coffee, liquorice, prune, tea and praline – it’s all there! Dark, rich, unctuous and super smooth.
Spectacular when poured over top quality vanilla ice-cream.
Keeps for months once opened (fat chance!).
Pedro Ximénez grapes are harvested and dried for up to 2 days in the hot September Spanish sun. The grapes are too sweet to ferment naturally and are fortified to 15% alcohol. Ageing then takes place in a solera system producing the Classic PX which is on average 12 years old.
Price per bottle £19.50
Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla is located in the historic centre of Jerez. Its story began with the aristocratic Andrada-Vanderwilde family, who for two centuries provided grapes and wine for the production of sherry in the area. In 1972 Fernando Andrada-Vanderwilde took over some old sherry cellars and brandy soleras from a couple of local bodegas, and changed the name of the company from Fernando III to Fernando de Castilla. In 1999 Jan Pettersen, a Norwegian with 15 years experience at Osborne, bought the company and also acquired a neighbouring almacenista, José Bustamente. He also formed a partnership with a local grape grower – to ensure consistent supply of high quality grapes – unusual for the smaller bodegas, who usually have to rely on co-operatives. He decided to focus entirely on high-end, complex sherries – in the process upgrading the bodega to one of the most interesting and highly regarded of the small independent sherry houses in Jerez.
Food matchGood quality dark chocolate / toffee / sip on its own!