In a nutshell: Ebony coloured and lusciously sweet. A great example of the Sherry world's quintessential dessert wine.
The lowdown: Made from Pedro Ximenez grapes which are laid out to raisin in the sun after picking and so have immense levels of natural sugar. So dark it's almost black in colour, it has super-concentrated flavours of raisins and figs and is enormously sweet. Velvety and soft on the palate it retains a perfect balance and long finish.
When to drink: Wonderful sipped, chilled, with rich puddings and desserts. Or you can always pour it over vanilla ice-cream.
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.