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Gonzalez Byass Solera 1847, Oloroso Dulce

The Experience

Drink When...
Putting yourself in someone else's shoes
Listen To...
Empathetically
Think About...
It's different over here!
Drink With...
Ripe figs with creamy blue cheese

The Oddbins Take

‘I’m rich. Rich rich rich,’ sung Karen O in The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s track ‘Rich’, from their brilliant 2003 debut album, Fever to Tell. But was Karen sanguinely singing about her financial status, or had she penned lyrics from the perspective of the Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce? We’ll leave that question to you, but what we will say is she must have had a very enjoyable time writing the song, because the Solera 1847 is awash with flavours of raisins, vanilla and salty caramel. Let’s just hope she had some good cheese, for Pete’s sake.

The Vital Statistics

Country
Spain
Region
Jerez Superior
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Residual Sugar
127 g/l
18.0%
Alcohol Units
13.5

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£13.75

£13.75

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The Style

Grape
Palomino (75%), Pedro Ximenez (25%)
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

Notable Features

  • Suitable For Vegetarians

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Gonzalez Byass was founded in Jeres in 1835 by Manuel Maria Gonzalez. At the young age of 23 he decided to dedicate himself to the production of Sherries and spirits. In 1844 the first barrels of Tio Pepe were exported to London. Tio Pepe translates as Uncle Jose, so-called because it was Manuel Gonzalez’s Uncle Jose's favourite! In 1855 the company's UK distributor Robert Blake Byass was made partner in order to strengthen the links with the UK, the number one market for Sherry. Nowadays the company is owned by the Gonzalez family, now in its fifth generation.

Antonio Flores has been the Master Blender since 1980. He controls the characteristics of all the wines of the Jerez Cellars and the whole team check each Tio Pepe barrel every three months. Antonio Flores knows the state of each sherry in every single barrel in the bodega, numbering thousands. His father was the winemaker before him and Antonio was even born (and conceived!) in a room upstairs, above the original Tio Pepe cellar.

This is a sweet Oloroso with 25% PX (Pedro Ximénez) in the blend, with a lovely contrast of dry sherry characters and the sweetness from the PX.

As soon as the Palamino grapes reach the winery they are gently pressed using the pneumatic press to ensure the most aromatic must possible. The PX grapes are picked and dried on straw mats (the solera process) then pressed separately. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks and classification, the Palamino is fortified to 18% and the PX to 15.5%. They enter their own separate Soleras to age in contact with air. They are then blended and enter the Solera 1847 solera to age in American oak barrels for an average of eight years.

A dark, intense mahogany colour with aromas of raisins, vanilla and oak. Velvety smooth on the palate with figs, raisins, honey, caramel hints and a nutty finish.


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