Bodegas Ximénez Spínola, Exceptional Harvest, Jerez, Spain, 2022
There are not many wineries that have built their success by focusing on just one grape variety, let alone one that has been permanently out of fashion, but that is precisely what Bodegas Ximénez-Spínola have done since 1729.
Working solely with Pedro Ximénez, they produce a selection of fascinating dry wine, dessert wine and sherry. However, there are not many wineries with such immense history and deep knowledge of Pedro Ximénez either, making them true masters of the grape and producer of some truly exceptional wines.
Ripened on the vine for 21 additional days after the first trie, acquiring a natural sweetness without too extreme a concentration. This makes the final yield of this wine to be only 575 liters per ton of grapes.
Aged on the lees for 4 months in old American oak barrels.
Type: American Oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
Golden in colour with an intense nose with the exceptional aromas expected of a late harvest: figs, raisins and prunes that blend with the pastry, typical of ageing on lees. Light and intense in the mouth. Subtle, filling but not tiring. The acidity and natural sweetness play with ripe and fleshy fruit, leading to a long aftertaste in which the oak is so elegant
Fish, seafood, braised liver.
Pedro Ximénez 100%
6 x 75cl
Award: Jancis Robinson 17.5 Points