Valdespino Fino Inocente Single Vineyard NV

£13.49

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TASTING NOTE

Straw-yellow coloured. The aromas are delicate and complex, with notes of almonds and autolysis. On the palate it is savoury, with flavours of green apple, sea salt and toasty yeast. The barrel fermentation adds extra body and structure. Long and persistent.

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.

Unusually for modern day Jerez, fermentation takes place in 600 litre American oak barrels, which is how Sherry was produced traditionally. After 11 to 13% alcohol is reached, the wine is fortified to 15%, and the veil of 'flor' (yeast) appears on the wine's surface, protecting it from oxygen and transforming its components. The wine 'Sobretabla' spends one year in barrel before being transferred into the solera system for fractional blending. It spends eight to ten years in the solera system, giving it great complexity and consistency. There are ten barrel stages or 'criadera', while most Finos have only three. The more 'criadera', the more layers of complexity there will be in the final wine. The 'flor' remains present throughout, so the sherry is aged biologically, without oxygen contact. The finished Fino, which has an average age of ten years, is drawn from the last barrel, the 'solera'.

 

15% abv

Valdespino Fino Inocente Single Vineyard NV
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