González Byass “Cuatro Palmas” Amontillado

£68.00

This wine has been aged for an average of 51 years in American oak casks following the traditional Solera system. The 2016 edition is a unique and sublime Amontillado. Mahogany in colour with chestnut tones and green rim.  Incredibly intense aromas of cedar, tobacco, dry herbs and old polished furniture.  On the palate it has spectacular structure and balance. A salty appetising finish which seems to last forever.  Rich and flavourful.  Take small sips!

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Jancis Robinson – 18/20

“Pale orange tawny. Rich and tangy on the nose – fresher than last year’s Cuatro Palmas, and younger too, I believe. (Probably just as well.) It even smells a little like burnt caramel but it is one dry and very revitalising on the palate.  I intend to put this in reserve for Boxing Day…”

Sherry Notes – ★★★★★ (2013 release)

“An extraordinary glimpse of a 45 year-old Tio Pepe! A very deep nose with an endless array of micro-aromas, and a remarkable absence of woody astrigency on the palate. A supreme Fino-Amontillado.” (13.11.2013)

González Byass

 

It was in 1835 when the young Manuel María González Ángel founded González Byass and started a long, and passion-filled journey, dedicated to the world of wine.

Manuel Maria found the support he needed to grow the business in his uncle, José Ángel, Tío Pepe (Uncle Joe). He showed his nephew everything he knew about Fino wines, so much so that his name was given to the winery’s founding solera, where today you can still see the name, “Solera del Tío Pepe”.

Inspired by the continual development in export and the growing success of his company, Manuel María González decided to join forces with Robert Blake Byass, his English agent, to whom he wrote a letter in 1844, recommending that Byass sell an “exceptionally pale…” wine. These were the very first barrels of Tío Pepe that were sent to the United Kingdom where they were very well received.

The alliance between the Byass and González families continued until 1988 when the Byass family withdrew from the business and the winery passed into the hands of the direct descendants of Manuel María González.

Today, it continues to be a family winery, presided over by the 5th generation of the González family who have always shown their passion for the world of wine, their love of nature and their care for the environment.

In 2016 Antonio Flores (pictured) was named “Best Winemaker of Fortified Wines in the World” according to the Winemaker of the Year awards, organised by the International Wine Challenge (IWC).

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“Palmas” Explained:

The winemakers and winery managers have been marking the sherry casks with chalk to identify their content since 1880. They used to draw a single line on the fino casks, a circle on the oloroso wines…and there were also the ‘Palma’ markings. The Palmas wines are developed finos that are characterised by being exceptionally refined with a delicate aroma. The older and more refined the wine, the more ‘Palmas’ marked on the cask. Ever faithful to its passion for wine and in line with its innovative nature Gonzalez Byass launches every year the Fino Palmas Collection, a collection of gems comprising four very exclusive and limited production wines.

At the end of September 2015 wine journalist Michael Schachner (Wine Enthusiast) joined Gonzalez Byass’ head winemaker Antonio Flores to select individual casks for the Palmas release. For the selection of Cuatro Palmas Antonio and Michael tasted the 6 casks in the very old Amontillado solera which has been ageing in González Byass for 51 years and selected the cask which stood out from the rest. In this case cask 3 was selected. These wines are bottled without filtration or clarification.

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