The extraordinary soleras in which this wine has matured for decades were acquired by Bodegas Osborne in 2008 and have been preciously looked aer by the Osborne family ever since. Today, more than two hundred years after its foundation, the winery in El Puerto de Santa María proudly consolidates one of the most important old and
rare sherry collections in the whole world. Amontillado 51-1ª (pronounced "Amontillado 51 Primera") is one of the oldest existing soleras in the Jerez region dating back to 1830. Back in 1820, Pedro Domecq started Solera 51 which with butt 1A, thus the name. While defined as a Very Old Rare Sherry (guaranteed minimum age of 30 years) its average age might very well reach twice that. The entire solera is composed of 52 butts and a maximum of 1.5% is yearly drawn from each of them in order to guarantee its average age for generations to come.
Denomination: D.O. Jerez-Xérés-Sherry and Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
Area of production: Jerez de la Frontera - Cádiz
Type of wine: Amontillado
Grape variety: 100% Palomino Fino
Average Age: 30 years.
CRAFTING & AGEING
The entire collection of butts is divided into 4 criaderas. The first 6 to 8 years, this solera underwent biological ageing under for yeast and the rest remained exposed to oxygen. With time, evaporation has resulted in the wine becoming more concentrated and gaining in complexity.
TASTING NOTE by Luis Gutiérrez (2013)
LOOK: Bright amber color.
AROMA & PALATE: 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.
SERVING & FOOD PAIRING: A sublime match to Jamón Ibérico, aged manchego, cheddar, Parmesan or aged Comté. Also ideal for pairing with grilled wild or chesnut mushrooms.
Best enjoyed at 15-18ºC / 64ºF.
Alcohol (º): 19 ± 0.2
pH: 3.3 ± 0.3
Total acidity (g/L): 7.7 ± 1
Volatile acidity (g/L): < 1.2
Residual sugar (g/L): < 9
MOST RECENT AWARDS
95pt · Guía Peñín (2018)
Silver Outstanding·IWSC (2015)
Gold Medal · Decanter (2014)
95pt RP · Wine Advocate (2013)