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Lustau, Almacenista Palo Cortado Cayetano del Pino Y Cia NV
Palomino Fino 100%
Lustau's Almacenista range offers the chance to try rare gems like this beautiful Palo Cortado from Cayetano del Pino - a Palo Cortado specialist. Medium amber colour, intense and complex notes of orange peel and dried fruit with hints of salinitiy and rancio from long ageing, so harmonious, elegant and long. A treat!
The vines are pruned in the traditional 'stick and thumb' method (vara y pulga) and face due south to the sea to benefit from on-shore breezes that cool and bring humidity to the vines. The soil has a high content of Albariza (chalk & limestone), which helps retain moisture during the hot dry summer. After hand harvesting the grapes are transferred to the winery for pressing, the press juice is fermented at warm temperatures (around 25 degrees) for around 12 days to give a fairly neutral, dry base wine at around 11% alcohol. This base wine is fortified to 15% abv and then spends around 3 years ageing under flor, it is then re-fortified up to 21% and ages oxidatively for a further 17 or more years before being bottled unfiltered (the sherry may be slightly hazy when poured from the bottle).
Lustau is one of the leading producers in Jerez. As well as producing their own sherries from the Solera Reserva range, Lustau has also pioneered the concept of Almacenista bottlings - choosing specific plots from the warehouses of small independent sherry maturers and bottling them separately.Alongside these two ranges we also offer exclusive single casks bottlings from Lustau, their brandies and also their new En Rama range, available on allocation.