Valdespino Medium Dry Amontillado `Contrabandista`
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Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in Jerez, with a history of Sherry production going back six centuries. Back in 1264, Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought against the Arabs for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X. As a reward for his efforts, he was given the land that formed the basis of the bodega. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family, who purchased the bodega in 1999. They own 750 hectares of vineyards in Jerez, including the renowned ‘Macharnudo’ Pago. This vineyard ownership allows Valdespino very close control over grape quality. They are one of the few bodegas to make single-vineyard Sherries and are also renowned for their VOS (Very Old Sherry) with over 20 years of ageing and VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry) with over 30 years of ageing.
This medium dry Amontillado has a light mahogany colour with a bright amber border. The nose shows intense aromas of roasted hazelnuts, raisins and dates, coupled with notes of butterscotch and toffee. This wine is medium-bodied with a perfectly balanced sweetness and a long, smooth finish.
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