`Rare Spirits` Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva

Jerez

Valdespino

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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Vineyards

Though originally established as a Sherry producer, Valdespino has been known for ageing top quality holandas and eau de vie in its facilities in Jerez de la Frontera since the start of the 20th century, when the family started to select and import rare distillates. This began as an experiment, shared exclusively with friends, and the spirits were left to age and evolve slowly in a hidden corner of the bodega. When the Estevez family acquired the firm in 1999, these treasures were rediscovered. Their unique collection of distillates was finalised with a very limited selection of Brandy de Jerez.

Vinification

This Brandy de Jerez Solera Gran Reserva originally comes from the oldest soleras founded in 1842 at Valdespino Bodega. It is obtained by the distillation of the finest ‘holandas’ and aged under the solera and criadera system for over 25 years, in centenary casks previously used for the ageing of their famous Fino Inocente and a very old Amontillado.

Tasting Notes

Dark mahogany with amber reflections. The nose has intense oaky and spicy notes with underlying nutty and toffee aromas. Warm and complex on the palate with hints of candied orange, oak, honey and hazelnuts. Very intense and long on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 0% Pedro Ximénez
Region Jerez, Andalucia
Winemaker Eduardo Ojeda Cebrian
Alcohol (ABV) 42.5%
Acidity 0.84g/l
Residual Sugar 4g/l
Wine pH 3.58