Antique Palo Cortado Fernando de Castilla (50cl)

Antique Palo Cortado Fernando de Castilla (50cl)

In modern parlance - truly awesome! A sherry above the rest. Just look at the awards it has won...


Country, Region
Spain, Jerez
Food friend
Perfect Parmesan Partner

Additional Details

Tasting Notes

A fine rare wine, which combines the pure tangy nuttiness of Amontillado with the smooth smoky richness of Oloroso in an elegant complex style.

Producer details

One of the most exceptional of the small, independent sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in 1999 by Jan Pettersen - a Norwegian with a passion for top quality sherry, and 15 years experience at Osborne. After taking over the cellars of the Sherry shipper Jose Bustamante, located next door to the main facilities of Fernando de Castilla, Jan quickly established Fernando de Castilla as masters of the production and ageing of fine, unblended, untreated Sherries. The bodega's reputation is based on the excellence of the Antique range of intensely pure and complex single solera Sherries whose award winning packaging makes them even more impressive.

In the vineyard

Grapes are sourced from Fernando de Castilla's partners vineyards in the Jerez district. The soil type is Albariza. Picking takes place in early September.

In the winery

Palo Cortado is a rare variety of sherry that is initially aged under flor to become a fino or amontillado, but inexplicably loses its veil of flor and begins aging oxidatively as an oloroso. The result is a wine with some of the richness of oloroso and some of the crispness of amontillado. Only about 1-2% of the grapes pressed for sherry naturally develop into palo cortado. The name means 'cut stick,' in reference to the mark made on the cask when this style of wine is recognized. Since the wine was originally destined to be a fino or amontillado, it will initially have had a single stroke marked on the cask. When the cellar master realises that the wine is becoming a palo cortado, he draws a cross (or cut) through the initial stroke (or stick), resulting in a crossed stroke or 'cut stick' (/). At this time the wine will be fortified to about 20% abv, to prevent spoilage from contact with the air and ageing continued separately from its original solera. This sherry is on average 20 years old.

Food Recommendations

Strong cured cheeses such as a quality Parmesan


NV: Wines from Spain 2018 - Winner NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 - Gold NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2017 - Gold NV: Sommelier Wine Awards 2016 - Gold NV: The Wine Merchant Top 100 2017 - Trophy Winner

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