Grupo José Estevez, producers of acclaimed sherry brand Valdespino, holds vineyard land classified as a “Grande Pago d’España”, a status which is conferred on exceptional plots for single vineyard wines across Spain. For the past five years, they have worked tirelessly in their Macharnudo vineyards to identify the perfect plot of vines to make a still wine exclusively from Palomino grapes.
This vineyard, known as Macharnudo Alto (High Macharnudo), is situated in the highest point of the Sherry D.O. at 135 metres above sea level with excellent, southeast exposure and the unique limestone ‘albariza’ soil which absorbs moisture and limits evaporation in this region’s hot climate. The conditions are perfect for growing Palomino and results in wines with outstanding freshness, personality and great mineral character. The grapes used to make Ojo de Gallo are hand harvested to protect them from the hot Spanish sun.
Upon arrival at the winery, they are de-stemmed and slightly crushed. After pressing, the must is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, where the wine rests until December. Afterwards, it is racked off the rough lees and left to evolve on fine lees for six months, adding a beautiful structure and complexity to the finished wine. It is bottled the following May.
Ojo de Gallo boasts aromas of ripe peaches and lime zest, which are complemented by a more complex and savoury character. On the palate the wine is fresh with a moreish salinity and a long and lifted finish. The Ojo de Gallo really is one of a kind. It is another triumph from a producer who continues to astound us with their innovative ideas and impeccably excellent wines.