Cruz Vieja by Bodegas Faustino Gonzalez. Intensely savoury and nutty Amontillado, with 12 years average age. It spends 5 years ageing biologically as a Fino, before being fortified to 17% for a further 7 years of oxidative ageing. Bottled ‘En Rama’, with no filtration, treatment or clarification before bottling.
A relatively classic caramel and nutty nose belies a racy rush of flavours on the palate; nuts and their skins, bitter burnt caramel, varnish and flor.
Awarded 91 points by Wine Advocate (Parker Points).
Only 1000 bottles released per year. Most are sold in Spain, very few escape!
Please note that the traditional unfiltered nature of this sherry means that it may be a little hazy and will have some sediment. This is the small price we pay for the retention of all that additional complexity and flavour.