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Jerez

Valdespino

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.

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Vineyards

Though originally established as a Sherry producer, Valdespino has been known for ageing top quality holandas and eau de vie in its facilities in Jerez de la Frontera since the start of the 20th century, when the family started to select and import rare distillates. Some years later, in 1940, a special lot of the purest Cuban rum was imported and aged in American oak casks to be further established into a very old and limited solera. This began as an experiment, shared exclusively with friends, and the spirits were left to age and evolve slowly in a hidden corner of the bodega. When the Estevez family acquired the firm in 1999, these treasures were rediscovered.

Vinification

This premium quality rum is obtained from the distillation of molasses from sugar cane. The origin of this distillate is the first batch of Cuban rum imported by Valdespino in 1940, which was established into a limited Solera. Over decades this Solera has been topped up with selected Panama (70%) and Dominican Republic (30%) rums. A small selection of batches were subsequently aged under the solera and criadera system in sherry casks which previously contained extremely old Oloroso sherry.

Tasting Notes

Deep amber colour. On the nose it has mature oak notes, honey, orange peel and spices, with sherry aromas in the background. Complex citrus notes on the palate mix with spices and oak, with a delicate sherry background and caramel notes on the long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 100% Sugar Cane
Region Jerez, Andalucia
Winemaker Eduardo Ojeda Cebrian
Alcohol (ABV) 43%
Acidity 0.46g/l
Residual Sugar 5g/l
Wine pH 3.74