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Fortified Wine

Sommeliers love a great glass of something fortified. The range of styles, flavours and textures are a treasure trove when it comes to surprising and delighting a wine lover.

Such is the diversity and quality of these wines that they increasingly feature prominently on wine lists as sommeliers look to offer their top picks.

The fortified wine category on a list allows the sommelier to show their creativity and originality.

That’s why at Sommelier Edit Awards the judges will be seeking out the most delicious Sherries, Ports, and Madeiras to showcase to their peers.

Results

February, 2024
Product Name Score Producer Country Vintage
FINO ANTIQUE rating badge FERNANDO DE CASTILLA Spain NV
FINO ANTIQUE by FERNANDO DE CASTILLA (NV) Fortified Wine
Region: ANDALUCIA
Subregion: JEREZ

Judges’ Tasting Notes:
Salty, hazelnut, blue cheese, walnut skin, good complexity. Zesty and pungent aromas. Has nuttiness, caramel and toffee. Pair with a blue cheese and hazelnut salad, mature cheddar, salted almonds.
10 Year-Old Tawny rating badge Fonseca Portugal n/a
10 Year-Old Tawny by Fonseca (n/a) Fortified Wine
Region: Douro Valley

Judges’ Tasting Notes:
Good balance between alcohol and sweetness. Sweet with loads of ripe blackberry and cassis notes. Fragrant leafy flavours and hints of charcoal. Burnt brown sugar on the jammy finish.
30 Year-Old Tawny rating badge Taylor's Portugal n/a
30 Year-Old Tawny by Taylor's (n/a) Fortified Wine
Region: Douro Valley

Judges’ Tasting Notes:
Sweet with loads of almond skin, caramel and blended raisins. Really lovely with hints of maple syrup and a long salty finish. Nuts, fig, dried nuts, spice warming and Christmas spice. Delicious.
Palo Cortado Wellington VOS rating badge Bodegas Hidalgo - La Gitana Spain VOS
Palo Cortado Wellington VOS by Bodegas Hidalgo - La Gitana (VOS) Fortified Wine
Region: Jerez de la Frontera
Subregion: Sanlucar de Barrameda

Judges’ Tasting Notes:
Dense, powerful style with good complexity and shine. Hints of crème caramel, sweetness and pecan, walnut skins. Glycerine give you an impression of sweetness. Great to do wine pairing, specially with asiatic food elements such as dashi and ponzu.

Other award categories

Burgundy Alternatives

Entry Deadline: 15 May, 2024
Results Due: June, 2024
Entry Price: £149
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