Vintage

Major Grape

ABV

Bottle Size

Producer

Type

SKU

nvx

Pedro Ximénezx

15%x

75x

Fernando de Castillax

Sweetx

1080x

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

Producer Info

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!

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Cellar Selected is a trading arm of Halifax Wine Company Ltd

Company Number 09560732, VAT Registration 772 343527

Registered Office – Equitable House, 55 Pellon Lane, Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, HX1 5SP

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