Today I tasted… Delicado Amontillado
I tasted this sherry so I could update the Waitrose trolley dash article, as it’s a relative newcomer to the range. But it’s so good I need to give it it’s own post too! Delicado sherries from Gonzaelz Byass are available exclusively from Waitrose in the UK. At present you can get a Fino, a Pedro Ximenez and now this Amontillado.
Delicado was an old Croft brand, which has been given a new lease of life by Gonzalez Byass which owns all the Croft brands (and soleras) now. I haven’t yet been able to find out which soleras these wines originate from, but I’m working on it! I love the labels for all of this range – they’re in an antique style, and quite similar to those of Gonzalez Byass’s Palmas range.
The wine is 17% ABV and an average of 12 years old. Its age is apparent in the colour, a rich bright medium amber and beautifully clear and clean. On the nose it is a classic Amontillado with lovely notes of Highland toffee alongside nuts, but it also has a strong undercurrent of salinity from its time as a Fino, despite the length of time its been oxidatively ageing. There’s also a hint of cocoa at the
Take a slurp and it’s just fabulous. Bone dry with plenty of flor influence, and a lovely salinity which is also notable in the Delicado Fino. But it’s rounded out with a silky texture, roasted nuttiness, wood and a little lingering toffee.
If you’ve tasted Gonzalez Byass Viña AB, then this is how I imagine it might turn out if you left it for a few years longer – a very strong nod to its Fino roots, but transformed by time into something richer and more elegant.
This wine is an absolute steal. At £14.99 for 50cl, it can hold its own against much pricier Amontillados. I hope Waitrose are planning to stock up, because this is a sherry you should be throwing in your trolley on a weekly basis.