Valdespino Oloroso Medium Sweet Solera 1842 VOS
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An intense mahogany colour. Notes of rich dried fruits, nuts and caramel. Smooth and full bodied on the palate with excellent length.
The vineyard is located in Jerez. The white ‘albariza’ soil is typical of the region, and comes from a layer of earth rich in marine fossils. Thanks to the high content of calcic 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.
Fermentation took place in 600 litre American oak barrels. Once fermentation was finished, when 13% alcohol was reached, the Oloroso was then fortified to 20%, and allowed to age 100% oxidatively. It was aged in a solera system for fractional blending. The 8-10% of Pedro Ximenez was blended in at the half way point of its over 20 year ageing process, and then it was sent back to the solera. The finished wine has an average age of over 20 years. The added Pedro Ximenez accounts for the 50-60g/l of residual sugar.
Valdespino is among few family-owned bodegas in Jerez, and with a history of sherry production going back six centuries, it is 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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