Liqueur Wines

According to the regulatory body of the Denominación de Origen, liqueur wines are those obtained by, in part, the traditional technique of fortifying. This consists of blending the full-bodied wines such as Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado and Oloroso with sweet wines such as Pedro Ximénez or Moscatel, or, in some cases, with grape concentrate. They are wines with different sugar levels, but always over 5 gms per litre. Pale Cream, Medium and Cream are produced in this manner.

 

Pale Cream

Pale Cream is perfect for those who appreciate wines biologically matured under the velo de flor yeast layer and with soft, sweet flavours. One of the most distinct characteristics of biologically matured wines such as Manzanilla and Fino is their dryness. Pale Cream is perfect for those who appreciate the tones and nuances of the velo de flor, yet prefer sweeter flavours.

 

Pale Cream is a liqueur wine with an alcohol by volume content of 17%. Produced by blending wines such as Manzanilla and Fino and fortified grape concentrate. The grape juice adds a characteristic sweet touch to Pale Cream that the biologically produced do not have.

 

A golden, straw coloured wine with a pungent aroma reminiscent of biologically produced wines from the ‘crianza and solera’ system, yet gentler and sweeter. Best served very cold.  Once opened should be kept upright and refrigerated for up to 2 months.

 

Pale Cream is perfect with foie gras and patés, with blue cheese, canapés or fruit salad with such as pear or melon.

 

Medium

The regulatory body stipulates that Medium has a sugar content of between 5 and 115 gms per litre. Produced by blending two one-year-old wines into one, Medium is therefore the result of  the blending of a full-bodied wine such as Manzanilla, Fino, Amontillado or Oloroso and a sweet wine such as Pedro Ximénez or Moscatel and a fortified grape concentrate. The base wine is usually Amontillado, which is aged by both the biological and oxidation processes. That said, the main characteristic of Medium is it’s sugar content.

 

Medium is a clear, glossy amber/chestnut colour. It’s aroma is reminiscent of pastries, with tones of caramel and walnuts. It has an initial dry taste that sweetens in the mouth and ends gently. It has a good body and is well balanced. Serve between 12º and 14º. Once opened, it should be kept upright, refrigerated and well sealed for up to 2 months.

 

Medium with ice and a slice of orange is both an aperitif and a dessert. It is ideal in patés and quiches. Magnificent with with blue cheese,  fresh fruit aperitifs and  highly spiced Indian and Thai food.

 

Cream

Cream is a liqueur wine produced by a combination of fortifying and blending. Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez are the main bases, producing wine with very full body, flavour and aroma.

 

It is dark mahogany in colour. The aroma is reminiscent of nuts and toasted sugar. Smooth and sweet, but balanced. It has tones which are similar to Oloroso. Served between 10º and 12º, but is also used as an aperitif with ice and a slice of orange. Best kept refrigerated, upright and well sealed for up to 2 months.

 

Cream is the perfect companion for aperitifs and desserts. Excellent with starters with blue cheese, paté and fresh fruit. Also perfect for desserts such as cakes, ice cream, nuts and fruit.

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