Lustau Amontillado del Castillo Almacenista - 50cl NV
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In a nutshell: An excellent Amontillado from Lustau's highly individual Almacenista range.
The lowdown: Almancenistas are, usually, small, family owned bodegas that mature sherries for larger 'bottlers/shippers' but are now are few and far between. Since the early 1980s Lustau have been making a premium, small production, high quality range of Almacensita matured sherries. This Amontillado comes from a solera of only 38 casks from the cellars of the Castle of San Marcos in El Puerto de Santa Maria and has an average age of aorund 12 years. Rich, intense and complex with aromas of praline, orange zest and smoked wood in the background. Dry with refreshing acidity. Nutty with a delicious salty spiced touch and a long aftertaste.
When to drink: One of the best Amontillados we have tried in a while, it's great as an aperitif, drunk with tapas, or even with spicy Asian cuisine.
Established in 1896 Lustau's origins were quite modest. Initially they made wines which were sold to larger producers rather than under their own label. It wasn't untit the 1940s with the company in the hands of the founder's son-in-law Emilio Lustau Ortega that they started to market their own bottlings. The following decades saw the company begin its steady expansion.
Fasting forward to the 1980s their reputation was growing along with their range of wines. And it was during this period that they introduced their, now well known, Alamcenista range where they bottle and market carefully selected sherrys from small independent small independent producers called Almcenistas.
In the 1990s they were acquired by Grupo Caballlero which allowed further investment and development of the business. Shortly after this they moved to their current base in the the centre of Jerez a group of historic 19th century buildings where the bulk of their wines are now aged and bottled.