Get to know: Fernando de Castilla, Classic Fino Sherry
Incredibly dry style. These wines are aged in oak for a minimum of 2 years in a traditional Solera system where the wines move ‘down’ year after year, with the newest vintage topping up the youngest barrels and everything else moves towards the bottom. The bottom layer is where the wines are drawn from to be bottled. Pale in colour with just a hint of straw yellow at the rim. Powerful yet aromatic, intriguing and inviting. Absolutely bone dry, and very poised. Very fresh and clean on the palate until it opens up on the finish with savoury, nutty, ripples conjuring some charming, subtle flavours.
Served ice cold and often with a bowl of almonds or olives as they would at the local bars or ‘Tabancos’
Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla is located in the historic centre of Jerez. The Sherries produced here are amongst the finest in Jerez - from the pale, dry and elegant fino to the most unique antique wines. Their is focus entirely on high-end, complex sherries - in the process they have upgraded the bodega to one of the most interesting and highly regarded of the small independent sherry houses in Jerez.
Grapes are sourced from Fernando de Castilla's partners vineyards in the Jerez district. The wine is made from the first pressing of grapes, this gives a light fresh style. Fermentation takes place at relatively high temperatures to reduce fruit flavour. This makes a very neutral wine which is perfect for the production of sherry. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. In the February after harvest the wine is fortified with grape brandy up to 15% abv. Once at this stage the wine is then added to the youngest Criadera in the Solera. The wine then begins its ageing process under flor. Only 20% of finished wine can be removed from the Solera in one year. The average age of the Fino solera is 4-4.5 years old.
Flor is a layer of yeast that builds up and sits atop the wine, creating a layer within the barrel to protect it from oxygen, it imparts a unique salty, yeasty character to the wines.