50cl * Vegan * 17% ABV * Jerez, Spain
Named for King Ferdinand III, a Spanish king who conquered vast amounts of Andalucia, this bodega is actually now owned by a particularly passionate Norwegian called Jan Petterson. Together with a group of investors he expanded the old Bodegas Rey Ferdinand di Castillo and brought it into the modern age and into being one of the most exciting in the sherry world. One of the innovations Petterson brought in was with this 'Antique' range, in 50cl bottles and in clear glass, so the colour of the sherry (which indicates ageing and quality) can be seen.
This is made by the traditional system of criaderas and soleras in American oak cask, and has an average age of 9 years. Its fortified for the second time when bottling. A bright golden colour, and a nose of remarkable intensity. It is fresh, delicate and elegant, with notes of hazelnut, oak, green olive on the palate and very pleasant saline hints.
Serve cool, but not very cold, between 5º – 8ºC. It pairs well with whitebait, oysters, Iberico ham, risotto and mature cheeses.
Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge (2016)
Gold List - Sommelier Wine Awards (2012)