Classic Fino, Fernando De Castilla, 75cl
Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla is named after king Fernando III of Castilla, St. Fernando. He conquered large parts of western Andalucia and discovered the exceptional properties of the soil and climate in this region, ideal for viticulture. The Fernando de Castilla winery was started by the Andrada-Vanderwilde family who has been important landowners and wine growers in Sherry district for the past 200 years. Pale, straw yellow in colour. Decidedly tangy, yeasty and salty nose. Lighter, crisper and more crackly than its older sibling - Fino. The palate lures you in with soft apple and citrus flavours, then attacks with a savoury nutty tang, and finishes with a salty reminder of the fresh spray of the sea.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2019
‘So refined!’ began an admiring Beatrice Bessi of 67 Pall Mall as this took its place on the Gold List, while team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW described ‘a gloriously powerful nose of roasted walnuts and mahogany, leading to rich, baked jam notes on a very intense, driving palate with a punchy, long finish’. Tobias Gorn of Boisdale Restaurants added praise for its ‘complex long-aged rancio elements, an explosive palate, and a gentle finish’.
Sommeliers Wine Awards 2014, Silver Award