Gonzalez Byass Sherry & Tapas Tasting

Hosted by Martin Skelton and Ellie Pym, Gonzalez Byass Ambassadors

Gonzalez Byass Tasting at The Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough

Martin Skelton and Ellie Pym introduced the range and matched the wines with various tapas. This was a really good reminder that how well sherry goes with food.

Gonzalez Byass started in 1835. The fifth generation, who now run the company in Jerez, plus other Spanish wineries are producers of sherry and brandy. Jerez is perfect for growing grapes, with cooling sea breezes, and chalk soil allowing the  retention of  moisture which helps the vigorous growth of the Vines. Palomino is the predominant grape.

Fino Tio Pepe £11.60
American oak barrels, the flor layer protects the wine from the air so it remains a white wine colour. Nutty almond, yeasty, citrus, intense, almost chalky. Dry on the palate, oak, chalky intense citrus fruits. Long finish.

Fino En Rama Tio Pepe £13.99
Unfiltered just straight from the barrel. Richer more concentrated, intense fuller. More yeasty and intense, very nutty and concentrated. Simply delicious. A real reminder that when you start filtering you take flavour away.

Amontillado Seco Vina AB £12.99
Dry Amontillado, starts as the fino, enters the solera, the flor dies which allows the wine to oxidise and then the colour changes. Toffee, butterscotch, almost rich and sweet, dry on the palate, toffee, mocha, intense nutty dry finish. Really long. As dry as the fino!

Oloroso Seco Alfonso £13.15
Richer more concentrated sweet nose, almost luscious! Off dry on the palate, sweet yet dry, nutty and intense oxidative flavours. Intense raisined flavours, hints of orange, really good balanced acidity.

Palo Cortado Leonor £12.99
Fortified to 18% ABV and 15 years old. Not as sweet on the nose, gentle toffee and coffee aromas, sweeter on the palate,  hazelnut flavours and off dry. Very nutty finish.

Oloroso Dulce Solera 1847 £12.99
Solera started in 1847, blend of Palomino and Pedro Ximenz and aged for 8 yrs. Very raisined, figs and rich toffee. Luscious figgy raisin characters chocolate and coffee, wonderful balancing acidity. Really well balanced wine.

Pedro Ximenez Nectar £14.15
Late harvested grapes dried on mats then pressed. Luscious raisin intensely sweet, huge layers of flavour, very concentrated, fruit cake/Christmas pudding, figgy sweet and beautifully balanced. Dark and mysterious!
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