Rating: For this delicious combination of sherry, oak, dark chocolate and coffee, I get around 88 points. Subject to a better acquaintance. I certainly did not have this 15y in the glass for the last time. For me a great price-enjoyment ratio and a suitable companion of the 12y, as related but "different yummy".
For a fraction of a second, the first impression is a bit strange: slightly acidic, firm natural yoghurt with orange zest. The milky impression vanishes already at the second creeping in favor of a delicate buttery background. The penetrating orange zest and the slightly sourish fruit note remain. Gradually, more sherry aromas then come to the fore: sultanas, dried cranberries, dried sour cherries and dried physalis. The individual facets seem rather blurry; In any case, they are not really obvious to me before the first try. Even after countless attempts, this mixed situation is somehow challenging: no stinging, well-integrated alcohol, comparatively mild and orange-rich sherry aromas that look like soft. Strangely unagitated, that increases the tension. What else is there? A few drops of honey, hints of chocolate, green apples, limes, a bit of mint and the association of a dry leather cloth. Overall, the nose is rather subtle but surprisingly varied.
Extremely clear and spicier than the nose can expect, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Raisins, plums and blueberries knock on and suddenly a lot of pepper pushes through the door. Bedded on dark chocolate, tart, spicy aromas give room. It tingles easily on the tongue. A mixture of orange zest, bitter herbs and cold coffee - accompanied by raisins - passes the baton to the oak. Aromatic and increasingly intense oak wood now clearly dominates the taste. Oak wood, orange peel, coffee and dark chocolate harmoniously interlock and lead into the finish. Mouthfeel and intensity are right. Since make the 46% Vol. Positive impact. I like it, although the taste in the overall view is a little less complex than the nose and surprisingly little fruity.
The finish is medium long and is carried by oak and a certain fruit acidity. The oranges keep themselves until the end. Likewise the dark chocolate and the black coffee. Tasty, without big surprises and free of false notes, the wine sounds like a drop.