I have never asked them but I assume these guys named their bodega after Fernando IV – a king of Castile and Leon who amongst other things retook Gibraltar in 1309. While he was in the area he probably took the opportunity to fill his cellar with some top class sherry, brandy and maybe even vinegar.
This effort – the Fernando de Castilla Fino Antique – is an absolute gem of a wine. Real aromas of the mosto – like grapey cider – and a lovely smooth intensity in the mouth. A little bit of nuts but not too toasted and certainly not too salty. This is the sort of wine you could drink with anything and at any time.
All in all a lovely tipple and fortunately I have another bottle.