Saturday, 16 September 2017

Palo Cortado Añada 2000 Single Cask 20%, Valdespino

Pure brassy amber with bright glinting golden highlights.
Super elegant, tight and fresh with lots of toasted bread, hazelnuts and almonds, slight traces of oak and, despite having maintained flor for only a few months, there is an attractive hint of bitterness as well as a mineral note. It is balanced up by beautifully fresh oxidative notes and the faintest hint of sweetness giving it a great deal of charm
Elegance itself. It has a wonderful lightness of touch yet is deceptively deeply flavoured. It is dry, beautifully rounded and fresh with a slightly saline mineral hint and a trace of volatile acidity, balanced to perfection by a touch of glycerine. Lots of nuts, a slightly autumnal blond tobacco touch, and almost interminable length. Superb.
This is quite delicious. It is the - hopefully first - culmination of a project started shortly after Grupo Estevez bought Valdespino. The grapes are 100% Macharnudo Alto and the gently pressed must was fermented in butts. The contents of this particular butt showed great promise from an early stage and the state of the flor was carefully monitored. It gradually petered out and the wine was re-fortified to 17% and allowed to mature. It developed real class and it was decided to bottle the wine in June 2017 in just 500 half bottles. So this is  a single vineyard, single butt, single vintage Sherry which is rare and exquisite. It is only available on the export markets so whatever you have to to obtain some.
About 150 euros per half bottle

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