Famous though it is for wine and Cava, Penedés was impressed by the wines of Jerez. Held at the premises of top Cava producer Juvé y Camps, José Antonio Zarzana, ninth generation proprietor of the Jerez PX specialist Ximénez Spínola, impressed oenologists from the leading Cava producers with the latest innovations going on in Jerez, not only in the sphere of traditional wines but also in that of table wines. The tasting was in two parts: the dry wines then the sweet ones.
|The Sherry tasting at Juve y Camps (foto:diariojerez)|
The dry wines were supplied by Bodegas Faustino González: Fino en rama, Amontillado, Palo Cortado and Oloroso. The two sweet wines were from Ximénez Spínola: one a classic naturally sweet PX and the other a new wine and much less sweet. It is late harvest PX from the Pago Carrascal fermented in French oak barrels leaving a residual sugar content of 25g/l, much lighter and less sweet than the traditional wine with around 400g/l. The first vintage produced only 2,900 bottles but this one produced 12,000 which will sell at about 28€ each. José Antonio concluded the tasting with Ximénez Spínola’s unique and spectacularly flavourful Licor de Brandy, made from PX and aged first in chestnut butts then in French oak butts.