Palo Cortado Viejo C.P.



Valdespino is among few family-owned bodegas in Jerez, and with a history of...

sherry production going back six centuries, 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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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 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%. The Palo Cortado is made up of selected, very young Criaderas of both Inocente and Tio Diego, which have failed to sustain their layer of 'flor', The wine is then fortified further to 17%, and allowed to continue ageing oxidatively. It has an average age of over 25 years old when it is bottled.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vintage Information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 100% Palomino
Region Jerez, Andalucia
Alcohol (ABV) 20%
Acidity 5.3g/l
Residual Sugar 5g/l
Wine pH 3.1