Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana, Amontillado Seco Napoleón, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain – 50cl bottle (£11.50, Ellis Wharton Wines, 01726 825255, www.ewwines.co.uk; £11.95, Noel Young Wines, 01223-566744, www.nywines.co.uk).
Certain Mazanilla sherries, during the ageing process when the wine is slumbering in butts of American oak which form part of the time-honoured solera system, just don’t taste like the others. These rare barrels have a deeper, nuttier, figgy flavour, and so they are removed from the process and kept apart to age oxidatively, and they are known as Amontillados.
I adore this style of wine. It is bone dry, stunningly aromatic, mahogany coloured, headily flavoured and bitingly savoury. During the Peninsula War, the Hidalgo family cleverly sold their wines to both the French and British sides, so it’s only fair that today they make a Jerez Cortado called Wellington and also this delicious Amontillado Seco named after his opponent!
Chill it down just a few degrees and drink it with grouse (after you’ve deglazed the roasting pan with half a glass). This is an exceptional food and wine combo. Try it with charcuterie, rillettes, pâte and mature hard cheese – again serious matches. This noble and exceptionally well-priced wine is a quintessential autumnal flavour, and if you have never tasted it, then you will not believe your taste buds.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).
New to MoneyWeek?
Welcome, and thank you for visiting us.
Here at MoneyWeek, our aim is simple. To give you intelligent and enjoyable commentary on the most important financial stories of the week, and tell you how to profit from them.
If you've enjoyed what you've read so far, I've got something you'll definitely be interested in.
Every working day the MoneyWeek team sends out a hard-hitting email, 'Money Morning', giving you a rundown of the latest financial events, and revealing what you should do to maximise profits and head off losses…
And with your permission, I'd like to send you Money Morning for FREE.
To sign-up enter your email address below.
We hope you enjoy your stay on the site. Good luck with your investments!
Digital Managing Editor, MoneyWeek