Croft Original, Sherry, Fine Pale Cream

GENERAL INFORMATION

Estate / Producer / Brand: Gonzalez-Byass

Region: Jerez, Andalusia, Spain

Appellation: D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry

Type: Fortified White wine

Vintage: Non Vintage

Date of Tasting: November 2022 – Bottle

Type of viticulture: Traditional

Grapes used: Palomino Fino + Pedro Ximenez

Blend: N/A

Winemaking details: Not communicated

Aging: average 4 years (Solera system)

Sugar level: 110 g / Liter

Sulphites: contains sulphites

APPEARANCE

  • Colour = Lemon
  • Intensity = Pale

NOSE

  • Intensity = Medium+
  • Aromas Characteristics = Primary + Secondary
  • Aromas = Hazelnut, Apricot, Thyme, pastry

PALATE

  • Sweetness = Sweet
  • Acidity = Medium
  • Tannins = N/A
  • Alcohol = Medium+ (17.5°)
  • Body = Medium
  • Flavour Intensity = Medium
  • Flavour Characteristics = Primary + Secondary
  • Flavour details = Hazelnut, Apricot, Thyme, pastry, apple (not found on the nose)
  • Other = sugary finish
  • Finish = Medium

GENERAL ASSESSMENT (1)

  • Overall Quality = Acceptable
  • Bottle Aging =
    • Can be kept at around 12°C for up to 3-5 years
    • Will not gain from aging
  • Retail Price = 12 euros for a 75cl individual bottle (France retail price, incl. taxes)
  • Value for Money = at the right price
  • Comparison with same price competition = average
  • Suitability for Diabetics = Absolutely not suitable
  • Service Temperature = around 8-10°C
  • Suggested Food & Wine Pairing = desserts
  • Comments = not a long finish; this wine relies probably too much on its level of sugar to hide its lack of complexity and some imbalances
  • Final Grade = C+

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(1)GENERAL ASSESSMENT GUIDE

Please note that although all efforts have been made to be as objective as possible, the general assessment inherently involves a degree of subjectivity based on a personal evaluation of the wine.

  • Overall Quality scale
    • Poor < Acceptable < Good < Very Good < Outstanding
  • Bottle Aging
    • Will it beneficiate from additional aging?
  • Retail Price
    • Usually the retail price for one bottle including taxes
  • Value for Money
    • Quality offered compared to the price paid
  • Comparison with same price competition
    • where does it stand compared to average competition of the same price range
  • Suitability for Diabetics
    • Evaluation of the level of final sugar for early stages diabetics
  • Comments
    • Any additional elements worth noting
  • Final Grade Scale
    • A++ = Out of the Charts Wine (Stellar, Hors Classe, Fuori Classe)
    • A+ = Outstanding Wine
    • A = Exceptional Wine
    • A- = Great Wine
    • B+ = Very Good
    • B = Good
    • B- = Noteworthy
    • C+ = Acceptable
    • C = Poor
    • F = The worst grade of this scale
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