Gonzalez Byass Vina AB Amontillado 75cl

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The Palomino grapes destined for Viña AB begin life as Tío Pepe. The highest quality free run `mosto yema` and the first press must, considered the most delicate and elegant are used for Amontillado Viña AB. Following fermentation to between 11% and 12% alcohol the wine is fortified to 15.5% alcohol and then enters the Tío Pepe Solera. The unique temperature and humidity in the Jerez cellars, the 15.5% alcohol and an empty space of 100 liters left in the cask create the perfect conditions to form a layer of yeast known as the ´flor´ on the surface of the wine. This flor is the most important influence on the Fino wine as it protects it from the oxygen and gives it its unique aroma and character. 


The wine remains for a minimum of 4 years following the traditional Solera system under the flor. After this time the wine is moved to the Viña AB Solera where it will remain a further 8 years. Meanwhile the flor will die as a result of lack of nutrients and concentration of alcohol. 
Therefore the wine will begin to oxidise. So Viña AB is practically a 12-year-old Tio Pepe. During all the time the production is supervised by our winemaker and master blender Antonio Flores.
Country of Origin
Spain

Allergen Information
Containes Sulfites
ABV (%)
16.5
Units
12.4
Grape Variety
Palomino Fino
Tasting Notes

Viña AB is an Amontillado which has experienced both ageing under flor and oxidative ageing. Due to the contact with oxygen it has taken on a light amber colour. On the nose it is subtle and delicate with typical Palomino aromas of hazelnuts. On the palate Viña AB shows subtle notes of oak due to the 12 years spent in cask. Pleasant with a balanced acidity. Long aftertaste with slight saltiness and bitterness on the finish.
Regional Information
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.
Producer
Gonzalez Byass
Agent
Gonzalez Byass
Winemaker
Antonio Flores
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24 October 2023 by 
Oh my gosh what an amazing wine!

Bought this for a cheese and wine tasting evening as I wanted to take something a bit different - and oh my gosh it was the star of the show! I'll not be drinking anything but this with my cheeseboard in the future!. It's like a mouthful of intense, creamy, smooth, umami, nutty, salty, almondy and raisiny deliciousness, the perfect liquid accompaniment. It's so complex as it kind of smells sweet like raisins and figs, but then is really dry and savoury in the mouth. A truly amazing discovery!

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