Osborne, V.O.R.S Capuchino, Palo Cortado, Sherry, Spain, NV
Platinum - Best in Show: Best in Show
The most enigmatic of all Sherry styles, Palo Cortado depends more than most on each producer's interpretation of its sensual identity. The Palo Cortado that made it through to our top twenty Best in Show selection is an exceptionally graceful, finely polished example of the genre. Translucent copper-brown in colour, its aromas are pungently clean-fruited: apple and apricot mingle with a little beurre noisette, raisin and fig. Take a sip, though, and you'll find that this deft charm is supported by ample dark, driving penetration and the near-asperity of age itself. The long, pungent finish resumes the aromatic profile with a little extra basmati-rice richness, set off by vivid, driving and rousing acidity. In sum, no wine in our top twenty selection contains more aroma and flavour action than this fine Jerez classic.