Osborne Amontillado 51-1A (1830) VORS<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Amontillado 51-1 is an icon in the Sherry district. One of the oldest and finest example of Amontillado. Solera was founded in 1830. The total Solera is composed of 52 barrels.
RATING HISTORY:95 WA
GRAPE:100% Palomino. Vines tended in albariza soil at 70 m (230 ft) elevation from the Macharnudo pago.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Amontillado 51-1 pairs extremely well with Jamon Iberico, aged manchego, cheddar, Parmesan and aged Comté. Another successful match is meats that contain field or chesnut mushrooms.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:While sold as a VORS (guaranteed minimum age of 30 years) is at least twice that age, and probably older. The entire solera is compromise of 52 barrels and only 1.5% of the wine is drawn yearly from each barrel. The entire collection of barrels dates back to 1982 and is divided into 4 criaderas. The first 6-8 years of this solera is under floor and the rest remains exposed to oxygen. With time the wine becomes more concentrated loosing water and gaining in complexity.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Vines tended in albariza soil at 70 m (230 ft) elevation. With averages highs of 22C (72F) and lows of 13C (56F), there are nearly an impressive 3,000 hours of sunshine per year and the summers are glorious. Most of the 584mm (23 in) of annual rainfall occurs from September through December. All the vines are within the Pago Macharnudo territory, located towards the interior of Jerez. This area produces riper palomino grapes making them more suitable for producing Amontillado and Oloroso style wines.
TASTING NOTES:The NV Amontillado 51-1A VORS, from a solera created in 1830 has a bright amber color. Intensely aromatic, with a nose full of balsamic notes (rosemary, thyme) intermixed with some smoke, spices, noble woods and hazelnuts. The intense, complex and complete palate shows great elegance and finesse, with a bitter orange and saline finish that makes it very tasty. Extremely long. Only 600 bottles are filled each year. This bottle would last, age and improve, probably for many years. Notes by Luis Gutierrez.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.2 lbs (.55 kg)
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