Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla is located in the historic centre of Jerez. Its story began with the aristocratic Andrada-Vanderwilde family, who for two centuries provided grapes and wine for the production of sherry in the area. In 1972 Fernando Andrada-Vanderwilde took over some old sherry cellars and brandy soleras from a couple of local bodegas, and changed the name of the company from Fernando III to Fernando de Castilla.In 1999 Jan Pettersen, a Norwegian with 15 years experience at Osborne, bought the company and also acquired a neighbouring almacenista, José Bustamente. He also formed a partnership with a local grape grower – to ensure consistent supply of high quality grapes – unusual for the smaller bodegas, who usually have to rely on co-operatives. He decided to focus entirely on high-end, complex sherries - in the process upgrading the bodega to one of the most interesting and highly regarded of the small independent sherry houses in Jerez.Whilst the company also produces Sherry Vinegar, and their own range of brandies, the Sherries produced here are amongst the finest in Jerez - from the pale, dry and elegant fino to the most unique antique wines.
Fernando de Castilla Unico Gran Reserva Brandy
Unico is made by one of the smallest independent producers in Spain. It comes from the ‘Sacristia’ of the bodega where a batch of only fifteen barrels of American oak was put aside in 1972 and nothing drawn from this lot since. This brandy has reached peak maturity. The colour is deep mahogany. if’s aroma is dry, frank and intensely fragrant. The flavour has hints of vanilla and enormous complexity. It is mellow, silky with elegance. Each year 1200 bottles are bottled by hand at the winery for a small group of select clients. This is lovely stuff …