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Gonzalez Byass Alfonso Oloroso Seco

Gonzalez Byass Alfonso Oloroso Seco NV

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A rich, dry, nutty and food friendly Oloroso sherry.

  • A dry Oloroso made from 100% Palomino Fino Grapes and aged for an average of eight years in the region's traditional Solera system.
  • On the nose we get notes of walnut and overripe apple.
  • The palate is dry, but not bone dry with good acidity, vanilla and light toasty notes from oak.
  • The finish is fresh with light acidity and subtle notes of leather.
  • Superb alongside gamey red meats.
  • Grape variety: Palomino Fino
  • Vintage: NV
  • Type/Colour: Oloroso
  • Alcohol: 18%
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • Group: Sherry

The seed that grew into Gonzalez Byass was planted in 1835 by Manuel María Gonzalez Angel, with Robert Blake Byass - his agent in England - only joining the firm two decades later. The two families remained in partnership through much of the 20th Century and the business has grown to be one of Sherry's most recognisable and important names. In 1988 the Gonzalez family bought out the Blass family, taking sole control of the business. The business is based in some fine buildings in Jerez, including one designed by Eiffel. This is a must-see for any Sherry tourist, as is popping inside to see El Cristo (a Sherry butt holding in excess of 157000 litres), which was purchased for the visit of Queen Isabella II in 1862. This gigantic butt is accompanied by twelve 6000 litre butts, representing the twelve apostles, which surround El Cristo, except for Judas, which is used to store vinegar! Today, the company's cellars hold over 45 million litres of Sherry and Brandy de Jerez.