A landmark in the dry sherries of this House. Palo Cortado 100% Pedro Ximénez grape. The first wine from this one from Jerez, made with this variety of grape. Result of extraordinary elegance, for an unusual elaboration in the D.O. Jerez-Xérès-Sherry.
José Antonio Zarzana - Winegrower
Variety: 100% Pedro Ximénez
Alcoholic Grade: 17%
Capacity: 75 cl.
Price per bottle: € 87.58
Wooden box presentation: 1 Bottle
first batches were obtained before 2009 from musts initially fermented for white wines 100% from Pedro Ximénez grapes, although almost half of the barrels selected in this blend, p They come from the 2015 Harvest. Therefore, it is made from wines controlled by the Regulatory Council with at least 60 months in the barrel.
grape was overripe in stock for 21 additional days to the conventional harvest. It was collected by hand and transported in 15 kg boxes. to avoid deterioration in the grains, very ripe and full of aromatic and sensitive concentrations. It was ground in a soft-pressing press, with yields per ton of fresh grapes lower than 600 liters of freshly pressed must. Immediately after grinding, it was introduced with its skins into 300-liter French Oak barrels, adding 30 liters to each barrel every day, so that the yeasts would finish off all the sugars daily and leave the wine completely dry.
Unlike the Fino “Jerez Seco Serie 1”, this Palo Cortado developed a very slight “veil of flower”, after fermenting in French Oak, but soon, and precisely because of that "veil", it was rejected to make white wines. After the first 24 months, each barrel separately began its own oxidation process, at which point the content of each one was transferred to American Oak. After several years of oxidative aging, the most expressive wines of this profile were selected and two thousand five hundred and ninety-two bottles of the final barrel coupage were bottled in October 2021.
VISUAL: Dark amber, consistent with its oxidative process without excesses, although always clean and bright. By rotating the glass, it generates dense and glyceric tears, typical of natural fermentation and aging on lees during the first year.
OLFATIVE: Extremely expressive and aromatic, with subtle notes of biological aging. There are aromas of noble wood and cabinetmaking, as well as citrus and lactic aromas. The American Oak comes before the French, although both are identified. The Pedro Ximénez variety brings a subtle hint of dried figs. Alcohol is not perceived, but a powerful oxidation is perceived.
LIKE: strong > The intensity of the aging in wood and the absence of alcoholic sensation are surprising. It is wide, deep and voluminous. The acidity tip is very marked. Nuts and salinity are maintained from start to finish, with a flavor that lacks bitterness and enhances an elegant interaction of the taste buds. Long, round and full aftertaste
"Out of respect for the freedom of all wine lovers and in order not to condition their personal creativity, XIMÉNEZ-SPÍNOLA has as a rule not to recommend pairing with any of its elaborations"
In wines, when circumstances are forced, things often go wrong and therefore there are countless deficient elaborations that were made by force and never reached its purpose.
Jerez has always had a kind of "flattering myth" regarding Fino wine protected by the DO Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, which suggests that all wineries, simply because they are and reside in this limestone soil, have to produce biologically aged wines as the first “standard” of identity.