Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Cream Solera 1847 18%, González Byass
Deep blacky walnut brown fading to amber at the rim, legs.
Quite serious old Oloroso at the core with some hints of dried fig and date fruit. It doesn't smell particularly sweet and there is even a slight umami, tobaccoey note, yet one can pick up the texture from the PX and a sensation of age.
Sweeter, fruitier and softer on the palate at first but stops short of excess sweetness, then the Oloroso comes through providing backbone before the two meld together to offer a fine quality harmonious wine with a hint of caramel which doesn't cloy and has considerable length. Proper Cream Sherry.
This classic Cream is a blend of 75% Oloroso and 25% Pedro Ximénez vinified and aged separately before being blended and going into the Solera 1847 where the wine is aged for a further 8 years. The Cádiz cheese producer El Gazul produced a fantastic organic Payoya goat cheese aged for 45 days in this wine. The brand is the sponsor of the Cádiz Carnival. I read somewhere that the brand was dedicated to the King, but the 2nd Republican government (1931-1939) disapproved and the wine is now dedicated to the first birthday of the founder's son, Pedro Nolasco.
7.25 euros from El Corte Inglés