Ebony coloured and lusciously sweet. A great example of the Sherry world's quintessential dessert wine.
Made from Pedro Ximenez grapes which are laid out to raisin in the sun after picking and so have immense levels of natural sugar. So dark it's almost black in colour, it has super-concentrated flavours of raisins and figs and is enormously sweet. Velvety and soft on the palate it retains a perfect balance and long finish.
Wonderful sipped, chilled, with rich puddings and desserts, or simply poured over vanilla ice-cream.
El Candado is Spanish for the padlock, and indeed every bottle comes with a small padlock and two little keys. The idea is that a butt from this solera used to be locked away as someone from the Valdespino family wanted to keep the wine to himself.