92WS "Smoked almond, singed orange peel, date, salted caramel and toasted hazelnut notes all weave together here, with a flicker of sweetness through the finish as a green tea accent chimes in. Shows lovely range and elegance. Drink now." - Wine Spectator, 92 points!
"The classic Amontillado from Jerez, a vibrant golden colour, with tremendous body and character. Smooth and full-bodied on the palate. Very nutty." - Winery
100% Palomino Fino aged in American oak casks in the traditional Solera system in Lustau's bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera.
Bodegas Lustau was founded in 1896 by Mr. José Ruiz-Berdejo. It was a modest beginning: José, a court clerk, cultivated the vines on his land, known as Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza. In the house at the vineyard, he produced the wines he later sold to the major exporting wineries. He was a vintner. His son-in-law Emilio Lustau Ortegamoved the winery to the old neighbourhood of Santiago, in the historic quarter of Jerez de la Frontera. There, in buildings that formed part of the historic Moorish walls of the city, he slowly began to expand the business, still as a vintner. In 1950, the company began exporting its own wines from Jerez.
In the 1970s, the company continued its expansion. From the beginning of the 1980s, under the management of Rafael Balao, it became one of the most innovative companies in Jerez. Rafael Balao sensed that Lustau had to be at the forefront of quality. His ideas of combining tradition and innovation paved the way for identifying Lustau with quality and prestige.
The Lustau Solera Reserva range was created from the cellar's original soleras in the early days of the winery. A selection of very special sherries produced by small wineries was added, resulting in the Almacenista range. In 1988 Lustau took another innovative step by introducing a new bottle design for its wines. The elegant, dark bottle with sloping shoulders is exclusive to the company, distinguishing Lustau from the other Jerez wineries.
Lustau's philosophy has remained the same since its inception in 1896: the pursuit of the highest quality in order to offer the market the widest and finest range of sherry. In recent years, Lustau has been honoured and recognised with several awards; it was named "Best Spanish Producer" in 2011 at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. In 2012, it was the winningest winery in Spainand 7th worldwide. Lustau oenologist, Manuel Lozano, has been named Best Fortified Winemaker of the Year five years in a row by the International Wine Challenge of London.
The Amontillados and Palo Cortados enhance consommés and heavily spiced dishes such as Indian curry. With its strong character, these wines triumph in several regions, whether accompanied by risottos, smoked products, cured cheeses, oily fish or produce like artichokes, asparagus and mushrooms. Best served chilled, between 12º and 14º C.