Gonzalez Byass VORS Apostoles 30yo Palo Cortado 37.5cl
This sherry is a blend of 87% Palomino and 13% Pedro Ximenez.
The Palomino grapes are gently pressed to obtain the mosto yema. Following fermentation to 11-12% alcohol the wine is fortified to 18% alcohol and then enters the Palo Cortado Solera. An empty space of 100 liters is left in the casks so that the wine has a large surface area in contact with the oxygen to undergo complete oxidisation.
The Pedro Ximenez grapes undergo a strong press similar to olive oil production. The must then begins to ferment although stops at around 7% alcohol due to sugar stress. At this time the wine is fortified to 15% alcohol and then enters the Pedro Ximenez Solera. After ageing separately for around 12 years the two grape varieties are blended. The blend then enters into the Apostoles Solera where it will spend a further 18 years. Due to its more than 30 years of ageing it enters into the category VORS.
Apostoles is dark amber in colour. It is an interesting wine with a elegant and delicate nose similar to an Amontillado with notes of concentrated fruits. The palate is complex and intense with notes of caramel, mature wood, nuts and candied orange peel.
This wine should be served slightly chilled in a small wine glass. Ideal with foie gras, mature cheeses and red meats.