Sherry is an ideal companion to food and served in the finest restaurants. This conclusion follows the announcement of the esteemed Sommeliers Selection awards where the Douglas Green Pale Cream Sherry – one of a trio of top quality sherries in Douglas Green’s authentic Spanish Sherry range – took top honours in its category.
The Sommeliers Selection competition has become one the most relevant and exciting competitions in South Africa, being the first local wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories that reflect the year’s ideal restaurant wine list.
Wines that make the grade are listed on restaurant wine lists across the country.
“Quality and consistency are the foundation of all our sherries. To be recognised particularly in this forum by the tastemakers themselves — the sommeliers who recommend and sell Sherry daily – again confirms this,” says DGB Marketing Director Jacques Roux. “Significantly, the accolade serves to highlight the superb versatility and suitability of the Douglas Green Spanish Sherries in food and wine pairing.”
The expert panel’s choice, the Douglas Green Pale Cream Sherry, is the ideal companion for delicate soups, pâté and seafood dishes, as well as fruit-based starter salads such as pear and melon, fresh fruit salad desserts, and also with milder blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola dolce, or white Stilton.
Served slightly chilled, this elegant and bright Sherry with a fruity, sweet finish and delicate, pale straw colour, exudes thatchy notes underpinned by floral and yellow fruit aromas. On the palate, expect honeyed straw and nutty flavours with waxy undertones and a citrus edge, reminiscent of lime and grapefruit. Made from Palomino grapes, it starts life as Fino, aged under flor – a thin layer of indigenous yeast that forms naturally and protects the wine. Grape must is added to the Fino Sherry, hence the attractive sweetness. The finish is fruity sweet with a pleasant dryness.
As part of the Douglas Green Spanish Sherry range, the Douglas Green Pale Cream Sherry was sourced from the bodegas (wine cellars) of Caballero in Spain’s foremost Sherry districts, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Puerto de Santa Maria and Jerez de la Frontera. Caballero, a world-renowned Sherry producer, is famous for setting the international benchmark of quality for Sherries.
The Douglas Green Pale Cream Sherry as well as the other two sherries in this range – Douglas Green Medium Dry and Cream – are blended in the time-honoured traditional Criadera and Solera methods. The Solera system blends young and mature wines of a certain quality in the same style, ensuring consistent quality each and every time.
The Sommeliers Selection was announced in Stellenbosch, where the Douglas Green Pale Cream Sherry was named the sole winner in the category Stickies and Fortified Wines – Sherry.
DGB is based in the Cape winelands and is South Africa’s largest independent wine and spirit producer and distributor of top quality, award-winning wines and other beverages.
The Douglas Green Pale Cream Sherry retails at R130 per bottle and can be purchased through Douglas Green depots throughout South Africa as well as Spar Tops, Norman Goodfellows, Makro and Ultra Liquors.
For more information, visit www.dgb.co.za