The Cristina Medium from González Byass is a wonderful, velvety soft sherry.
The grapes are harvested separately for each grape variety and fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The subsequent 6-year ripening in the Soleras is also carried out separately. Only after this ripening period are the two grape varieties married and placed in the Christina Solera for a further 2 years. After a total of 8 years of maturation, this wonderful sherry is filled into the bottle.
Colour: Bright amber colour. On the nose On the palate
Nose: Clean aromas with subtle notes of raisins and figs due to the addition of the Pedro Ximenez.
Palate: Slightly sweet with hints of American oak and a long finish.
Grape Varieties: 87% Palomino Fino and 13% Pedro Ximenez
Ageing: An average of 8 years in American oak casks following the traditional Solera system.
History of González Byass
González Byass was created in 1835 by Manuel Maria González and remains in family hands today, now in the fifth and sixth generation.
Founded in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, in the heart of Sherry country, it is dedicated to the production of high quality sherries. 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.
All sherries are aged following the traditional Solera system where the wines are blended in 600 litre American oak casks. Many styles are produced with distinctive characters depending on whether they have been aged under the influence of the flor (a layer of natural yeast) or as an oloroso (in contact with oxygen).
Today the Gonzalez Byass portfolio includes a wide range of sherries including Tio Pepe, the Superior Range and the VORS range, enological gems aged for over 30 years.