Dry. 12 years ageing leave this with a beautiful dark golden colour and a pungent nutty aroma. Intense, rich bitter chocolate, walnut and baked chestnuts follow on the long finish.
Oloroso is aged in the absence of flor, in an oxidative way and starts from a selection of heavier, more full-structured musts than a Fino or Manzanilla (sometimes through a second pressing of grapes). After fermentation the young wines are evaluated and the ones with a thicker body will be destined for maturation as Oloroso sherry. To create an Oloroso the base wine will be fortified to 17 or 18 degrees which makes it impossible for flor yeasts to survive in the casks. Due to evaporation known as merma (about 3-5% in volume each year), the resulting Oloroso will grow more concentrated in alcohol (to around 20-22 degrees), flavour and weight.
Delcious as an aperitif with nuts or dried fruits, but the classic pairing for an Oloroso would be red meat and game, and/or with well-aged cheese.
Established in 1896, Bodegas Lustau is considered a world-class benchmark for top-quality Sherry. Bodegas Emilio Lustau winery is the only winery that crafts wines in all three towns that constitute the area known as "Marco de Jerez", the Mecca of Sherry. The region is a geographical triangle formed by the villages of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, El Puerto de Santa María and Jerez de la Frontera.