Valdespino is one of the oldest and very few family-owned bodegas in Jerez with a history of Sherry production going back six centuries. 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, which is rare in this region, and 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', and they are one of the only bodegas currently producing single vineyard sherries. Valdespino are 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
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 takes place in 600 litre American oak barrels. Once fermentation is finished, when 11_x001A_13% alcohol is reached, the Oloroso is then it is fortified to 20%, and allowed to age 100% oxidatively. It is aged in a solera system for fractional blending, and the finished wine has a average age of over 20 years. This Oloroso is medium dry with an RS of 8.5g/l.
Mahogany coloured. Aromas and flavours of caramel, toasted almonds and dried apricots. Very expressive and complex. Good acidity, and a very long persistent finish.
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Name Valdespino Oloroso Don Gonzalo VOS Country Spain Region Jerez, Andalucia ABV% 21% Vintage NV Grape Variety 100% Palamino Size 375ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans