|Silver||International Wine & Spirits Competition (UK)||Old gold colour with a lovely aroma combination of yeast from biological aging and nutty oxidative aromas. The palate has a fresh attack and the broad smooth texture of a long aged wine. There are a raft of flavours from vanilla and caramel through savoury biscuits to dried citrus and nuts. Long and generous finish.
Silver Outstanding 2018
|95||International Wine Challenge||Olive oil, iodine, peppery and herbal intensity. Medicinal edge adds some interest. Herbal and super lengthy.
Gold Winner 2018
|94||The Wine Advocate||One of the icons and one of the first commercial, high quality old wines, the NV Fino Imperial Amontillado has a little bit of a misleading name as it's really a very old Amontillado that started its life as a Fino aging under 'flor' and then continued its upbringing in an oxidative way. It's sold as a VORS, so it's certified to have at least 30 years of age when bottled. This was one of the oldest and more concentrated wines before the new wave of ultra-old, sharp Amontillados were released. It has a complex nose of hazelnuts with balsamic touches of cigar ash, smoke and orange peel. The palate is quite sharp and light-bodied with a mineral, saline core leading to a very tasty, long and supple finish that is balanced and elegant. A great Amontillado. They release around 1,000 bottles per year. It can be drunk when bought or kept for a long time.
Issue #216, December 2014