Gonzalez Byass “On The QT” The Sherry Edition: Barrel 7 1E 63 Fino Aañada, Barrel 7 2E 51 Vintage Oloroso, and Barrel 1E 51 Amontillado
Made by Antonio Flores at Gonzalez Bypass, Jerez, Spain
The Sherry Edition is a collection of three rare, long-aged single-cask vintage wines from the ancient, dusty cellars of the Gonzalez Byass bodega – family winemakers since 1835.
In the very best years, when winemaker Antonio feels the Palomino grapes grown on the famous white Albariza soils of Jerez Superior are particularly exquisite, a few American-oak barrels of wine are laid down as an experiment to see how they age over the years. These vintage sherries are left in Cellar 7 in a narrow, dark alleyway and often untouched for years. Intriguingly, every single barrel tastes different depending on where in the cellar it rests.
Barrel 51 from the first row of cellar 7 is in a quiet, cool corner of the bodega that allowed the amontillado to slowly age and develop its jasmine floral nose, sticky toffee-apple notes and salty, iodine finish. The toasty, yeasty nature is perfect for chicken dishes or just as an apéritif.
In the second row along, the exquisite oloroso developed a lustrous gold colour with heady aromas of caramel, marmalade, apricot and spiced orange. It's bone dry, has great acidity and an exceptionally long finish, making it ideal for a cheeseboard, complete with dried fruits and quince jam.
Back in the first row of cellar 7 once sat the delightfully fresh fino, exceedingly pale for its age and oozing with notes of almond and dried fruit. That was until 16 July 2020 when the sherry was poured into 708 bottles unfined, exclusively for Waitrose. The bottles now sit in our Cellar ready for you to enjoy, as Antonio suggests, slightly chilled, with olives and cured ham.