50cl * 20% 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, which was sold in 50cl bottles, to emphasise its value, and with clear glass, so the colour of the sherry (which indicates ageing and quality) can be seen.
This dry Oloroso is aged for between 20 and 30 years and is aromatic, with hints of walnut and orange peel. It's balanced and long on the palate with woody spices, roasted nuts and citrus peel. Delicious with cheeses or spiced and fruited puddings, or try it with game or meat too instead of a red wine.