Produced from 100% Palomino Fino grapes in Jerez de la Frontera. The grapes are pressed and fermented in stainlesss steel until the wine reaches 18% ABV. It is then matured in oak casks according to the traditional solera and criadera system for 8 years.
A mahogany, richly coloured wine with aromas of walnuts, spice and a touch of orange peel. Not as an intense as the Antique Oloroso, this Sherry is pure and dry – perfect to serve with food. Best enjoyed at 14-16 degrees C.
Perfect with nuts, paté, cheese – soups and stews too.
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.