Palomino Fino Marcharnudo Alto

Jerez

Ojo de Gallo

Grupo José Estevez, producers of acclaimed Sherry brand Valdespino, holds vineyard land classified...

as a “Grande Pago d’España”, a status which is conferred on exceptional plots for single vineyard wines across Spain. For the past five years, they have worked tirelessly in their Macharnudo vineyards to identify the perfect plot of vines to make a still wine exclusively from Palomino grapes.

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Vineyards

This vineyard, known as Macharnudo Alto (High Macharnudo), is situated in the highest point of the Sherry D.O. at 135 metres above sea level with excellent, southeast exposure and the unique limestone ‘albariza’ soil which absorbs moisture and limits evaporation in this region’s hot climate. The conditions are perfect for growing Palomino and results in wines with outstanding freshness, personality and great mineral character.

Vintage Information

The 2017 harvest in Jerez was very good, with extremely healthy grapes. The high temperatures through June prompted early ripening of the grapes and subsequently an early harvest compared to other years. Harvest started in mid-August and lasted approximately two weeks.

Vinification

The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed and slightly crushed once they arrived at the vinification plant in Jerez. The pulp and skin were pressed and drained into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks (19-21°C) where the alcoholic fermentation took place with autochthonous yeasts and finished after 15 days. The resulting Palomino wine was left in the tank until December when it was racked off the rough lees and left to evolve on its fine lees for six months to extract character, structure and complexity.

Tasting Notes

Ojo de Gallo has a pale yellow straw colour. It has ripe peach and delicate citrus aromas with a lovely steely character. On the palate, there is a combination of smooth buttery and creamy texture, a mineral character along with the citrus background, and an elegant, appealing, slightly bitter after taste. This is an extremely elegant and unique wine which shows the finesse and complex potential of the Palomino grape grown on Albariza soil.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Palomino
Region Jerez, Andalucia
Winemaker Eduardo Ojeda Cebrián
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.07