Valdespino

Contrabandista Amontillado (medium dry), D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry

75 cl
ABV: 18.0%

236,16 kr

314,88 kr / litre VAT included

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Wine Type

Fortified

Grape

Palomino

Palomino

Volume

75 cl

Alcohol

(ABV)

18.0 %

Taste

Very pleasant and refined

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Jerez-Xeres-Sherry

Appellation of Origin (DOP / IGP):

Jerez-Xeres-Sherry

Food Pairing Suggestions

Food Pairing Suggestions:

  • Soft & Semi-Soft Cheese
  • Firm & Hard Cheeses
  • Blue Cheeses
  • Ham
  • Charcuterie
  • Cakes, Pudding & Pastries
  • Andalusia-Cadiz

    Contrabandista is a fantastic generous, friendly, round and long-aged Amontillado wine that is intended for the global wine lovers, it is like a slightly sweet Tío Diego. With an amontillado base, it is a Medium Dry that is not very sweet. It is made from a blend of Palomino fino grapes from the Macharnudo Alto Estate with mixed ageing (biological and oxidative), to which a touch of young Pedro Ximénez is added. With an average age of 18 years, it is tasty and perfect to accompany dishes with foie and intense creamy cheeses.

    This medium dry Amontillado has a light mahogany colour with a bright amber border. The nose shows intense aromas of roasted hazelnuts, raisins and dates, coupled with notes of butterscotch and toffee. This wine is medium-bodied with a perfectly balanced sweetness and a long, smooth finish.

    The Palomino grapes for the ‘Contrabandista’ are grown in the Pago Macharnudo – one of the top single-vineyard sites on the Jerez DO. At 135 metres above sea level, it is one of the highest altitude sites in the region and has a south-east aspect with a 10% gradient – perfect exposure for the Palomino to reach optimum levels of ripeness. Soils are white ‘albariza’ - rich in calcium carbonate, silica and clay. Albariza has excellent water retention properties and acts like a sponge, but it also forms a hard surface layer when it dries out, preventing evaporation. After the harvest, channels are dug between the vines to exploit these properties and trap the winter rains, creating a water reserve to sustain the vines through the heat of the Jerezano summers. The Pedro Ximénez grapes are sourced from the Montilla-Moriles region, which is further inland and hotter and drier than Jerez. After having been harvested, the PX grapes are raisined on esparto grass mats in the sun before they are vinified. The evaporation of water from the grapes concentrates the sugars, acids and flavours.

    Contrabandista is a fantastic generous, friendly, round and long-aged Amontillado wine that is intended for the global wine lovers, it is like a slightly sweet Tío Diego. With an amontillado base, it is a Medium Dry that is not very sweet. It is made from a blend of Palomino fino grapes from the Macharnudo Alto Estate with mixed ageing (biological and oxidative), to which a touch of young Pedro Ximénez is added. With an average age of 18 years, it is tasty and perfect to accompany dishes with foie and intense creamy cheeses.

    This medium dry Amontillado has a light mahogany colour with a bright amber border. The nose shows intense aromas of roasted hazelnuts, raisins and dates, coupled with notes of butterscotch and toffee. This wine is medium-bodied with a perfectly balanced sweetness and a long, smooth finish.

    The Palomino grapes for the ‘Contrabandista’ are grown in the Pago Macharnudo – one of the top single-vineyard sites on the Jerez DO. At 135 metres above sea level, it is one of the highest altitude sites in the region and has a south-east aspect with a 10% gradient – perfect exposure for the Palomino to reach optimum levels of ripeness. Soils are white ‘albariza’ - rich in calcium carbonate, silica and clay. Albariza has excellent water retention properties and acts like a sponge, but it also forms a hard surface layer when it dries out, preventing evaporation. After the harvest, channels are dug between the vines to exploit these properties and trap the winter rains, creating a water reserve to sustain the vines through the heat of the Jerezano summers. The Pedro Ximénez grapes are sourced from the Montilla-Moriles region, which is further inland and hotter and drier than Jerez. After having been harvested, the PX grapes are raisined on esparto grass mats in the sun before they are vinified. The evaporation of water from the grapes concentrates the sugars, acids and flavours.

    Palomino Fino and Pedro Ximénez grapes

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    Winery: Valdespino (Grupo Estévez)

    Bodega Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in Jérez, originating in 1264, when King Alfonso X gave Don Alfonso Valdespino the gift of land in the City of Jérez. He was one of 24 Christian knights who fought to regain the City of Jérez from the Moors. The company of today was formed in 1875, but commercial activities are thought to date as far back as 1430.

    In 1999, Valdespino was bought by Grupo Estévez who were able to fund and maintain the traditional methods for which Valdespino is famous. Valdespino Sherries remain among the very best quality available, and Inocente is still the best Fino in the market, as well as being the only Sherry to be produced from the grapes of a single vineyard. Subtle changes to some of the other wines appear to have been for the best. Tío Diego Amontillado is now a little softer in style making it even more appealing and Don Gonzalo has been re-released in the VS range of older Solera wines.

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