Posted 20 hours ago

Croft Original Pale Cream Sherry 1L

ZTS2023's avatar
Shared by
Joined in 2023

About this deal

The vineyards in Jerez are unique to the area. The soil in Jerez is majority Albariza, a white soil which contains up to 60% chalk and therefore has a large capacity for maintaining moisture, very important given the long, hot and dry summers as irrigation is prohibited. The area has a unique microclimate influenced by the surrounding Atlantic ocean and rivers Guadalquivir and Guadalete. The prevailing winds are moist and warm, and now and again dry and hot levante winds from north Africa. Temperatures are warm with 70% humidity and annual rainfall is 600 litres/m2. The harvest in Jerez begins mid August and generally lasts for 3 weeks maximum. Croft Original is a pale cream made in the D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry. These types of wine, also known as fortified wines, are made using a mixture of a biologically-aged wine (fino or manzanilla), and a sweet wine or concentrated must (made from Pedro Ximenez or Moscatel grapes).

Strangely, the origin of Croft Original, currently produced by the Gonzalez-Byass sherry cellars in Jerez, is Bristol. That is where, in 1796, merchant William Perry set up a wine business, selling sherry wines. With a great marketing vision, this entrepreneur named these sweet wines from the south of Spain “Bristol Milk”, because they were offered as the best possible food for newborn babies and mothers of young children. Inevitably these dense, heavy, mahogany-coloured wines took on a feminine connotation, which did not please English gentlemen. You couldn’t possibly imagine a true English gentleman drinking this kind of wine in the social club with the rest of his friends, could you? Unthinkable! A new audience emerged, an audience who continued to demand a sweet wine, but with the appearance of a dry fortified wine. And William Perry, who had already changed his name to John Harvey & Sons, hit the nail on the head, introducing pale cream and with it a new concept of wine.

Asda Great Deal

Free UK shipping. 15 day free returns.
Community Updates
*So you can easily identify outgoing links on our site, we've marked them with an "*" symbol. Links on our site are monetised, but this never affects which deals get posted. Find more info in our FAQs and About Us page.
New Comment