Dark, russet wine with classic Sherry aromas and flavours. The luscious, velvety palate is immediately appealing, with nectarous notes of raisin, golden syrup and sweet spice. Easy to see why Cream Sherry is so popular across the globe!
Enjoy on its own over ice, alongside your post-dinner coffee or with dessert.
Despite the name, Cream Sherry doesn't contain any dairy - a woman attending a tasting in the 1800s christened the style in a moment of inspiration. It is sweet, dark and crafted from Oloroso-character (full bodied, oxidatively-aged) wines. The most commercial, consumer friendly of the various Sherry expressions, it is made from Palomino, plus the fructifying Moscatel and / or Pedro Ximénez. Sherry's top-selling brands are invariably Cream.
Sherry need not be served in the clichéd copita Sherry glass (which is ill suited to the purpose anyway); a standard tulip-shaped white wine glass is perfect. Once opened, Cream Sherries are best drunk within a month, or 6 weeks at most. Lightly chilled - around 12°C - is a good serving temperature for Creams.
One of the most exceptional of the small, independent Sherry houses, Fernando de Castilla was revitalised in 1999 by Jan Pettersen - a Norwegian with a passion for top quality Sherry. After taking over the cellars of the Sherry shipper Jose Bustamante, located next door to the main facilities of Fernando de Castilla, Jan quickly established Fernando de Castilla as masters of the production and ageing of fine, unblended, untreated Sherries.