In a nutshell: A delicious, rich and intense dry Amontillado.
The lowdown: Like its sibling the iconic Inocente Fino, its grapes are sourced from a top single vineyard and cask fermented. It has an average age of 15-16 years with an unusually long 8, or more years spent under flor yeast. It is very dry, rich and intense with flavours of dried fruits and roast hazelnut.
When to drink: A sherry that's wonderful sipped all by itself, but Jamon Iberico or Manchego cheese goes very well also.
Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in Jerez, with a history of Sherry production going back six centuries. Back in 1264, Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought against the Arabs for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X. As a reward for his efforts he was given land that formed the basis of the bodega. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family, who purchased the bodega in 1999.
They own 750 hectares of their own vineyards in Jerez, which is extremely rare in this region and allows them close control over grape quality. They are the only bodega to make single vineyard Sherries and are 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. The Oloroso Solera 1842 VOS, for example, is produced from a Solera that was established in the mid-19th century.