Valdespino is among few family-owned bodegas in Jerez, and with a history of...
sherry production going back six centuries, also one of the oldest. Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X, against the Arabs in 1264. As a reward for his efforts he was given land in the Jerez region. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family, and they own 750 hectares of their own vineyards in Jerez, rare in this region, which allows them close control over grape quality. Their Pago Macharnudo vineyard provides the grapes for their single vineyard wines, which include the Fino 'Inocente', the 'Amontillado 'Tio Diego' and the Palo Cortado 'Viejo CP'. They are one of the only bodegas currently producing single vineyard sherries. Valdespino is also renowned for their VOS (Very Old Sherries) with over 20 years of ageing and VORS (Very Old Rare Sherries), with over 30 years of ageing.
Valdespino's single vineyard (Pago) Macharnudo Alto is located five kilometres to the north-west of Jerez, in the privileged area of High Jerez. It is at 135 metres above sea level, with a south-east aspect and a 10 % gradient. The white 'albariza' soil is typical of Jerez DO, and comes from a layer of earth rich in marine fossils. Thanks to the high content of calcium carbonate, its clayey texture does not split; it is soft when wet and absorbs rain like a sponge, and when it dries out it forms a layer that holds in the water, preventing evaporation. This reserve of moisture encourages the vine roots to develop, some reaching to more than four metres depth, allowing them to use this water reserve when needed.
The grapes were handpicked, destemmed, then gently pressed. Fermentation occurred using ambient yeasts, in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation and settling, the wine was fortified to 17.5 % alcohol using 96% alcohol neutral grape spirit. The fortified wine was then aged in American oak casks, stacked in an eight row criadera and one solera, the solera being the oldest, from where the wine is taken for bottling. The Oloroso 'Su Majestad' solera dates back to the 19th century and the Oloroso is on average over 30 years old.
Mahogany in colour with green reflections. Powerful on the nose with old oak and dry fruit aromas. Medium bodied, the wine is very complex and well balanced, with good acidity. It finishes with a savoury edge and a subtle nuttiness.
|Winemaker||Eduardo Ojeda Cebrian|
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