Amontillado

Published on March 12th, 2015 | by Ruben

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Amontillado 1830 VORS (El Maestro Sierra)

Amontillado 1830 is maturing in casks that were made 180 years ago by the founder of the bodega

This solera for this Amontillado was started in 1830, which makes it one of the oldest soleras still in use (only Osborne claims to have soleras founded before 1800).

The current average age of the Amontillado 1830 is estimated at over 50 years, probably closer to 70 years, which means it easily qualifies as a VORS sherry. It is bottled by hand with minimal filtering, once a year.

 

El Maestro Sierra - Amontillado 1830 VORSLess than 200 bottles are available each year, drawn from two large 2000-liter butts that have been made by the founder himself, José Antonio Sierra who used to work as a cooper for González Byass before starting his own bodega El Maestro Sierra. The butts have never been moved, emptied or cleaned. They are repaired in-house only when necessary.

This wine is one of the gems of this bodega.

 

 

 

Amontillado 1830 V.O.R.S.
(19%, El Maestro Sierra, bottle 030-2013)

Nose: this one has clear references to its Fino past. Wet sand. There’s a hint of yeast which mingles nicely with pastry notes and dried apricots. Also faint farmy notes (wet sheep’s wool), which I personally love. Marzipan. Hazelnut – mocha. Candied orange. Walnut cake. Light tobacco and hints of cigar boxes. Some flowery notes. It’s surprising how a wine can still carry the DNA of a Fino when there is no flor left inside the casks. A very rich, deep nose.

Mouth: dry, with a high acidity. It’s incredibly silky, almost underpowered for a few moments, before it picks up strength again and becomes frankly steely. Leathery. Intense hints of salty brine and sea spray. The same echoes of Fino flor. Orange peel. Smoky finish, with walnuts, light hints of roasted coffee beans and the lightest hint of pepper.

Availability: hard to get. It’s available in 75cl bottles (around € 80) and 37,5cl (around € 45).

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Amontillado 1830 VORS (El Maestro Sierra) Ruben

Summary: Such fine traces of Fino yet such impressive signs of age as well. One of the best Amontillados out there, in my opinion. Very complex. A world class wine.

5

Just perfect


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About the Author

fell in love with sherry fifteen years ago, but switched to a higher gear in 2013 and started writing about it. Lived in Madrid for a couple of years, now back in Belgium. I also run a whisky blog over at www.whiskynotes.be



  • Monica

    totally agreed, a world class wine! In my last sherry course I opened fino, amontillado 12 years, and amontillado 1830 of El Maestro Sierra, you see the whole STORY. All the students got trilled and fell in love. This is definitely an unforgettable moment in their tasting experience. And I love the official paring recommendation: it goes with…. the birth of a son!

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