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Gonzalez Byass 'Leonor' Palo Cortado Dry Sherry (375ml)

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Leonor is qualified as the ‘rebel’ wine of Jerez. This Palo Cortado, whose elaboration is surrounded by mystery, could be described as an Amontillado in the nose and a Smelly in the mouth. Raised with an average of 12 years in American oak boots following the hatchery and solera system. Due to its mysterious ageing process it could be described as similar to an Amontillado on the nose and similar to an Oloroso on the palate. Leonor shows a light mahogany colour with golden tones and slightly orange rim. On the nose intense and complex with typical Amontillado notes such as hazelnuts perfectly balanced with other aromas such as bitter orange and mature oak. On the palate powerful and intense with toasted notes yet smooth and silky. Leonor should be served between 10 and 12 aºC in a small White Wine glass. Due to its power and structure this Palo Cortado is perfect with hard cheese, salty caramel, strong meats such as venison and dry aged beef. The grapes destined for Leonor are pressed using pneumatic Wilmes presses therefore obtaining the highest quality must. Only the ‘mosto yema’ the free run and first press must is used for this wine, considered the most delicate and elegant. Following fermentation to between 11% and 12% alcohol the wine is fortified to 18% alcohol and then enters the Leonor solera. An empty space of 100 litres is left in the casks so that the wine has a large surface area in contact with the oxygen and therefore undergoes complete oxidisation. Leonor remains in the American oak casks following the traditional Solera system for an average of 12 years.   Guia Penin: 92Pts

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Weight:

375ml

Alcohol Level:

20.00%

Size:

375ml

Brand:

Gonzalez Byass

Country:

Spain

Family:

Sherry

Grape Variety:

Palomino

Vintage:

NV

Region Information:

Jerez

González Byass was created in 1835 by Manuel Maria González and remains in family hands today, now in the fifth and sixth generation. Founded in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, in the heart of Sherry country, it is dedicated to the production of high quality sherries.

The Sherry triangle, made up of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda, has a unique microclimate influenced by the surrounding Atlantic Ocean and Guadalquivir and Guadalete rivers. Production is dominated by the Palomino variety, and vines are planted in the white Albariza soil, with high chalk content which is excellent for retaining moisture. These soil conditions, combined with over 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, fresh, humid breezes from the west (poniente) and warm, dry breezes from the east (levante) have formed the perfect marriage with the Palomino variety to produce an array of sherry styles.

All sherries are aged following the traditional Solera system where the wines are blended in 600 litre American oak casks. Many styles are produced with distinctive characters depending on whether they have been aged under the influence of the flor (a layer of natural yeast) or as an oloroso (in contact with oxygen).

Today the portfolio includes a wide range of sherries including Tio Pepe, the Superior Range and the VORS range, enological gems aged for over 30 years.

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