González Byass to launch single-estate fino sherries

Chris Losh

Chris Losh

11 February 2019

Sherry lovers: if you’ve ever wanted to taste the terroir of Jerez, then you'll soon get your chance. Because Imbibe has discovered that the team at González Byass are looking to create a series of single-vineyard finos.

‘It’s something that we would want to happen in a few years,’ confirmed assistant winemaker Silvia Flores, who is soon to take over as cellarmaster from her father the legendary Antonio Flores. ‘We would want to focus on the soil.’

Key to the project are the vineyards of the Jerez Superior, where the González Byass-owned vineyards are located.

‘That’s where the best pagos [estates] are,’ Flores told Imbibe. ‘The soil is all albariza but the composition of the limestone varies. And though we don’t have pronounced slopes, the different vineyards are affected by the various winds we get: the Levante from the east and the Poniente from the west, so there are differences in character.’

The grapes for the single-vineyard sherry would be aged in a solera of their own for six years, though volumes would likely be very limited – early estimates suggest only a couple of hundred bottles – and expensive.

Though given that their other top-end wines are all on allocation the team at González Byass are confident that the pago wines would easily find a home.

Sarah Pollard, brand manager for Gonzalez Byass in the UK said, ‘With our Palmas and En Rama releases we have shown that there is a demand in the UK restaurant trade for wines like this.’

This is part of a continuing process of innovation in the fine and rare sector by the producers of the world’s most famous fino.

In the last 10 years, they have launched En Rama (taken from 62 special casks in the Tio Pepe solera) and its Palmas range of small volume older finos.

They have also launched vintage finos from 2010 and 2011 in Spain, though these are not available in the UK.

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