Gonzalez Byass "Matusalem" Oloroso VORS (375ml)

SKU #1067808 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Matusalem 30 Anos Oloroso VORS used to be sold as Oloroso Dulce, but this category is no more contemplated by the appellation, so technically it will be a Cream, but that’s a category that has some not-so-positive connotations in certain markets. Anyway, it is produced with 75% Palomino and 25% Pedro Ximenez grapes. The solera dates from 1847, and the bottled wine is on average 30 years old. The palate is very sweet, with the Oloroso character fighting hard not to be dominated by the typical flavors of Pedro Ximenez, dry figs, coffee, arrope, and feels low in acidity and quite dense. This could work with soft-paste cheeses or desserts rather than with salty dishes. Gonzalez Byass is one of the greatest, historical names in Sherry (and Brandy), as well as the largest in Jerez, and the Tio Pepe brand and image one of the icons of Spain, and the best selling Fino in the world stored in an impressive solera of 30,000 botas. Moreover, it’s one of the few large Sherry companies still family-owned and managed. (LG)  (8/2013)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Built on layers of sweet flavor, this wine offers a playful acidity that moves effortlessly through notes of figs, cinnamon, dried fruits and chocolate. The limestone minerality slowly superimposes itself over the sweetness, leaving a soft, gently saline finish. For Roquefort or other blue cheeses.  (6/2009)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Exotic aromas of fig pudding, prune and cocoa bean aren't just soft and sweet; there's edge and angle to this wine, with plenty of acidity at the core along with coffee and chocolate.  (10/2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Walnut, halva, raisin and buckwheat honey notes are layered, backed by hints of bitter almond and toasted pecan. Shows good energy for a cream style, with the bitter edge imparting length and cut. (JM)  (10/2015)

K&L Notes

This sweet Oloroso is crazy good. Off-the-charts, off-the-meter, off-the-hinges good. Excuse the turns of phrase, but the fact is that this Oloroso combines sweetness from a 25% dollop of Pedro Ximenez with the very high acidity of some older barrels of Oloroso, along with all of the requisite deeply burnished, wood-influenced nuttiness and slight rancio character that a VORS (Sherry averaging at least 30 years of age) Oloroso should have. I would be hard pressed to think of a tastier, or classier, sweet after-dinner digestive than this. (Joe Manekin, K&L Sherry Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2013 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I drank this last night with an English cheese course of Stilton, Cotswold and cheddar, reliving our first trip to London together. On that trip, we had made a pilgrimage to Neal's Yard Dairy in the old city and bought a similar cheese course to pair with the very first bottle of Gonzalez Byass Matusalem that we had ever tried. Since then, we have been lucky enough to drink it on many occasions, but last night was one of the best. This sherry has a dark mahogany color and the perfume of a wine of a great age. The rich figgy flavors are countered by cheddar like piquancy that made the pairing perfect. The finish is very focused and driven, with rancio notes as well as pure chalky minerality. This wine is plenty sweet, but I will never tire of it, it is dangerously refreshing!

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Alcohol Content (%): 20