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In a nutshell: A classic sweet sherry style from Lustau's Solera Reserva range.
The lowdown: Here, dry Oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximenez sherries which have been aged seperately in their own soleras for 12 years are blended (80% Oloroso to 20% PX) and further aged for 3 more years to allow wine to marry. The result a really luscious and intense sherry with rich dates and prunes on the full aand sweet palate before it signs off with a nuttiness and fresh acidity finish that cuts right through the sweetness.
When to drink: Lightly chilled to about 10°C it makes a terrific wine to drink with cakes and desserts.
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.