Amontillado is a variety of Sherry wine named after Montilla region of Andalucia, Spain. Even though you can find different types of wine with the label Sherry on the bottle that come from all over the world, unique Sherry wine can only be made in Southern Spain region called Andalucia. Thanks to its unique soil and humidity, only Andalucia can produce wine with such an aromatic profile as Sherry. Sherry’s powerful flavour and high alcohol content make it one of the highest alcohol content wines that range from 15 % ABV to over 20% ABV.
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How It’s Made
Amontillado is a very unique wine due to its dual ageing process. An Amontillado Sherry starts as a Fino. When a Fino’s layer of flor fails to develop or if the wine is intentionally fortified it begins to oxidise. Amontillado must be fortified to approximately 17.5% ABV otherwise it will oxidise too quickly. Simply put, Amontillado is aged Fino. Amontillado is supposed to mature in porous casks where it oxidizes slowly and turns into darker colour and richer flavour than Fino. There are different varieties of Amontillado wines that resulted from the various stages that occur during its production. Amontillado Sherry is know to be more stable than Fino Sherry and can be stored for years before opening.