Maestro Sierra Amontillado, Sherry
PRODUCER: Tracing its roots back to 1830 and still a family run bodega, El Maestreo Sierra prides itself on it's use of the traditional methods of hand siphoning, gravity settling and the use of incredibly old barrels to produce it's unique sherries. Some of their practices (and the resulting wines) sit outside the normal rules for sherry, but the Consejo Regulador recognises the unique nature of the wines and grants them exceptions.
WINEMAKING: This amontillado starts of life in the same way as a fino with six years of biological ageing under flor. It is then refortified, killing off the flor to undergo a further ten years of oxidative ageing. The combination of these two aging processes make for an incredibly complex dry sherry.
TASTING NOTE: The nose is pronounced and complex, with toasted hazelnuts, prunes, and caramel. It is dry and warming in the mouth with a full body and a long toasty finish.