The Old Fire Station, Old Market, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Lustau Amontillado del Castillo, Almancenista, Antonio Caballero y Sobrinas

The company Emilio Lustau was established in 1896 and was initially a small family concern until the founder’s son-in-law placed it on a business footing. The firm is perhaps best known as pioneering the Almacenista system, whereby individual dry sherries are produced from small private holdings. These are bottled under Lustas’s name but with the individual bodega’s name on the label as well. Today they are amongst the most sought-out Sherries in the region.

Lustau is the only winery that produces wines in each of the three cities in the Sherry triangle: Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. In the year 2000, Lustau acquired six 19th century bodega buildings in the centre of Jerez. These picturesque buildings were restored to their original glory and today house the principal ageing bodegas of Lustau, which heads the Luis Caballero Group’s Sherry Division.

This exclusive solera of Amontillado consists of 38 casks. It is aged for an average period of 18 years, in the cellars of the Castle of San Marcos in the coastal town of El Puerto de Santa María. Beautiful bright amber colour with coppery reflections.

Lustau Amontillado del Castillo shows aromas of hazelnut praline and candied orange zest with nuances of furniture polish and smoked wood in the background. Dry, pungent and flavoursome, with refreshing acidity. Enormously nutty with a delicious salty spiced touch and an extremely long aftertaste.

Serve as an apéritif, with “tapas” and nuts, or to accompany dishes such as consommés, foie-gras, cold and smoked meats, a cheeseboard, and even rich flavoured fish or seafood dishes. It is a wine that pairs perfectly with spicy Asian cuisine.

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