Valdespino Palo Cortado Viejo CP NV



  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2015


A medium intensity mahogany colour. Delicate on the nose, with intense dried fruits, hazelnuts and walnuts. Notes of spices, vanilla and more dried fruit on the palate. Full bodied and with a long sophisticated finish.

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.

Fermentation takes place in 600 litre American oak barrels. Once fermentation is finished, when 11_x001A_13% alcohol is reached, the veil of 'flor' (yeast) appears on the wine's surface, protecting it from oxygen and transforming its components. After two to three months under these conditions, the wine is separated from its lees, and fortified to 15.5%. The wine remains in the 'Sobretabla' above the highest row of the solera, then after 9_x001A_12 months goes into the solera system for fractional blending. The Palo Cortado is then selected from the best barrels of Fino and Amontillado which have failed to sustain their layer of 'flor', and it is then fortified further to 17%, and allowed to continue ageing oxidatively. It has an average age of over 25 years old.

20% abv

Valdespino Palo Cortado Viejo CP NV
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