Gonzalez Byass are the only sherry firm to grow the Pedro Ximenez grape in the Jerez region. The grapes are harvested and then left out in the sun to wither and concentrate before being fermented into wine and then matured for 30 years in their cool, dark, Cathedral-like cellars. One of the worlds oldest and rarest dessert wines, Noe has a powerful bouquet, oozing heady aromas of concentrated raisins, figs, coffee and Christmas spices. Delightful with dessert or poured over vanilla ice cream. It really is one of the most delicious sweet wines you'll taste.
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175-years-old and still family owned, the Gonzalez Byass Bodega is best known for its world famous dry Fino, Tio Pepe. This dry Amontillado starts its life as the famous Fino but after 11 years ageing in cask evaporation has concentrated the alcohol and gentle oxidisation has transformed the wine into a pale amber colour which is delicate in weight but remarkably concentrated on the palate with flavours of hazelnuts, citrus and caramel.
175-years-old and still family owned, the Gonzalez Byass Bodega is best known for its world famous dry Fino, Tio Pepe. They own 850 hectares of grapes, mainly Palomino Fino, all of which are situated in the best vineyard area known as the 'Jerez Superior'. This Palo Cortado starts its life as a Fino and after fermentation, classification and fortification it spends a minimum of 12 years maturing in the 'Leonor' solera. Remarkably concentrated on the palate, this is very fine Sherry.
Antonio Flores, Gonzalez Byass winemaker in Jerez, has already made a preliminary selection of casks for this, the 8th edition of Tio Pepe En Rama, tasting every single barrel in the Bodegas Constancia and Rebollo. He will undertake a second and final selection in early April. It is worth mentioning that Tio Pepe En Rama has become creamier in texture and shows more crystalline depth of flavour. This is because of the Palomino must originating from the 40-year-old (low yielding) vineyard in the prized Pago of Macharnudo Alto. Also handpicking at night and cask ferment in seasoned Tio Pepe casks gives a wonderful base wine before it undergoes its long Fino maturation.
The firm of Gonzalez Byass has been producing high quality sherry for 175 years and, although widely known for their Tio Pepe dry fino, they have a renown for their range of 'almencenista' sherries. Matusalem is a blend of 75% Palomino and 25% Pedro Ximenez aged for over 30 years. A dark Oloroso sherry with fruity overtones of cinnamon, dried-fruits and candied peel, and a rich, sweet finish. The idealpartner for mature cheeses or rich desserts.